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Unsettling America

Colonization and the shadow of belonging

By Chris Corrigan The great shadow of North American history I think is that settlers know deep down that we don’t belong here. The idea of “settling” the west was predicated on the continent being cleansed of its original inhabitants. This happened in a number of ways. There was outright murd…

On Police Abolition: Decolonization Is The Only Way

By Cameron Crowder, via Hood Communist The United States is a project of both anti-Blackness and racial-colonial power. From the founding of this white supremacist settler-colonial state, Black people have endured 250 years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow, sixty years of “separate but equal…

Post-Apocalyptic Theatre on Native Land

Illustration by Silent Fox, inspired by the essay. By Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina), via HowlRound Theatre Commons at Emerson College In the Tlingit culture, there is a philosophy that everything has its time. When a totem pole decays you do not expend a lot of effort restoring and putting it b…

The Politics of Indigeneity, Anarchist Praxis, and Decolonization

Cover: Debra Yepa-Pappan, “Whirling Corn Maiden,” digital print on antique ledger paper, 2017 Via Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies Guest Editor: J. Kēhaulani Kauanui Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies (ADCS) is an international peer reviewed and open access journal to the stu…

Decolonization, A Guidebook For Settlers Living On Stolen Land

By Tanya Rodriguez, Medium I learned something yesterday…. When I share with a white person they can not decolonize on stolen land they get really really fragile and pissed that yet again, another brown azz takes away their new shiny thing… Decolonization. The process of decolonization is a viol…

Notes on fake decolonization

Photo by Mohd Aram on Unsplash What counts as “authentic” decolonization as the term takes over our social media and influencer bubbles? And how we can sharpen our activism. By Bhakti Shringarpure, Africa Is A Country Decolonization has taken over our social media timelines with a vengeance. Wit…

Coronavirus & White Settler Colonialism

We could not be as prepared as we would want to be because generations of violence ensured we wouldn’t be. By Class Trouble (March 13th, 2020) Today we saw wealthier white folks talking about how we all ought to be better prepared for a crisis like coronavirus. We saw on social media pictures of s…

Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in the Second International

Karl Marx’s own ambiguous and sometimes contradictory views on colonialism meant that the Second International would debate over the correct view on the matter. Donald Parkinson gives an overview of these debates, arguing that Communists today must unite around a clear anti-colonial and anti-imper…

Compost the Colony: Exploring Anarchist Decolonization

Photo credit: RÍONA O’REGAN By Alexander Dunlap, Tvergastein Journal The term “decolonization” has gained prominence within the University over the last decade. From diets to international security, academics are talking about decolonizing. While the watering down and co-optation of the term…

The Settler Logics of (Outer) Space

“River of Souls” by Carl Gawboy (as published in Indian Country Today, 4/2/16) By Deondre Smiles, Society+Space In this essay, I position the logics of settler colonialism and the logics of space exploration dominion over both space on earth, and interplanetary space at the expense of Indigenous…

Decolonizing ecology

By Jade Delisle, Briarpatch Around the time wildfires were blanketing Calgary in smoke last year, I attended a local leftist reading group. They were discussing the impacts of capitalism on natural disasters, agreeing that the wildfires were exacerbated by both global warming and by neoliberal auste…

Land-Based Ethics and Settler Solidarity in a Time of Corona and Revolution

Artwork by Rae Minji Lee By Natalie Avalos, The Arrow Settler colonialism has been defined as a structure, not an event, meaning that settler societies like the U.S., Canada, and Australia endure over time through racist laws and ideologies that naturalize the dispossession of Indigenous populations…

COVID-19 Denialism is Rooted in the Settler Colonial Mindset

“American Progress” by John Gast By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, Macska Moksha Press COVID denialism in the US is problematic to say the least. The nation is facing a public health crisis that’s far worse than it needs to be, as shown by the examples of countless other nations around the world…

Decolonizing Psychology: Relegated To The Margins, Our Humanity with Sunil Bhatia

From Last Born In The Wilderness At its root, Western Psychology is colonial. With that in mind, what would a decolonized psychology include and exclude in its framework? As Sunil addresses in his work and in this interview, Psychology, as a social science, has served the Western colonialist project…

To Breathe Together: Co-Conspirators for Decolonial Futures

By Sefanit Habtom and Megan Scribe, Yellowhead Institute AS THE COVID-19 pandemic continues, many increasingly ask, “when will things go back to normal?”, “can we ever go back to the way things were?” and, in even more frightened moments, “could this be the end of the world?” For Black…





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