Truly, there are stains that it is beyond the power of man to wipe out and that can never be fully expiated.
But let us speak about the colonized.
I see clearly what colonization has destroyed: the wonderful Indian civilizations—and neither Deterding nor Royal Dutch nor Standard Oil will ever console me for the Aztecs and the Incas.
Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism Continue reading Fascism & Anti-Fascism: A Decolonial Perspective
The following article is out now in the November/December 2016 issue of Briarpatch Magazine. It was written by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back and myself. Kelly is a radical journalist, poet and author of fiction. She’s current at York University in Toronto working on her MA, studying the connections between resource extraction industries and Canadian colonialism, past and present. Continue reading Accumulation by Dispossession
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