Category Archives: Colonialism & Neocolonialism

Trump, Revanchism & Moving Forward After the Election

I don’t vote. I can’t vote actually. Neither in my adopted home country of kanada, nor in the united states of amerika, though my family is from the latter, and it is technically possible for me to register to vote via absentee ballot in the state of Wisconsin. There is also of course the whole argument to be made about the futility of voting. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, Malcolm X and Emma Goldman all taught us that significant change will likely never come from the ballot box. I think that is true. As my partner, decolonial indigenous feminist philosopher extraordinaire, is fond of saying: you can’t fix liberalism with more liberalism. Additionally, there is an argument that, for us as First Nations (status & non-status), Xicano, Kānaka Maoli, Métis, Inuit, Boricua, Genízaro and Afrikan people here in Occupied Maehkaenah-Menaehsaeh, voting is ultimately a practice of affirmation and legitimization of the systems of settler colonial, antiblack and parasitic capitalist oppression. There is something to be said on that regard as well I believe. Continue reading Trump, Revanchism & Moving Forward After the Election

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“Who’s Land?” The Trials and Tribulations of Territorial Acknowledgement

Over the weekend of October 14 through 16, 2016, my partner and I, both of us Indigenous Ph.D. students in philosophy and sociology respectively, attended a conference (or rather a summit) held at st. Paul’s university college, an affiliate of the university of waterloo, in ontario entitled Decolonizing Education/Integrating Knowledges. The summit was part of a broader array of “Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects” that had taken place across kanada over the course of the preceding year. These “response projects” were spurred into existence by the release in the autumn of 2015 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report[1] on the residential school programme in kanada. Continue reading “Who’s Land?” The Trials and Tribulations of Territorial Acknowledgement

Indigenous Revengence: The White Fear of Savage Reprisal

After a bit of back and forth with myself on whether or not it was worth it to respond to an article by Ross Wolfe (1), in which a bumbling attempt is made to paint my  article The ABCs of Decolonization as the height of absurdity, I have decided to take the proverbial plunge and jot down a few thoughts. For those critically familiar with Ross Wolfe, he is often known as a recalcitrant eurocentrist at best, and a barely contained euro-racist at worst, and far less versed in Marxian and critical theory than he would like to lead you to believe. So I will admit at the outset that he decision to engage him is perhaps against my better judgement. However I have decided to do push forward precisely because the article by Wolfe, for all of its demonstrable euro-chauvinist flaws, does provide us with a nicely packaged teachable moment—indeed its euro-chauvinism is precisely why it is a useful pedagogical tool. Continue reading Indigenous Revengence: The White Fear of Savage Reprisal