Category Archives: White Power & Settlerism

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 colonial-capitalist oppression. There is something to be said on that regard as well I believe. Continue reading Trump, Revanchism & Moving Forward After the Election

“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

The Rhetoric of “Self-Determination” vs the Practice of Decolonization

My recent burst of writings on this blog regarding the subject decolonization, my responses to varied white “left” reactions to said writings, and subsequent discussions that i have had with various comrades (Indigenous and non-Indigenous; anarchist, marxist and “other”) has caused me to return in my thoughts to a subject i have touched on before. The topic on my mind has been the way that the broad “left,” in particular marxists of a leninist bent of some sort, employ a rhetoric of a right to self-determination as opposed to putting forth a politics based on actual decolonization (1). Continue reading The Rhetoric of “Self-Determination” vs the Practice of Decolonization