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3 Ways We Can Be Accountable To Native Peoples: From One Non-Native Person of Color to Others -

24.9.15

3 Ways We Can Be Accountable To Native Peoples: From One Non-Native Person of Color to Others -: While disturbing, the erasure of Native people from public school education is hardly a surprise. What is more striking to me is the same silence in supposed social justice spaces. The widespread rhetoric of “decolonize your mind” seems just that — rhetoric with no serious attention paid to the reality of settler colonialism. “Decolonize” is used simply as a synonym for “fight white supremacy.” It’s easy to call gentrification modern-day colonialism without remembering that colonialism never ended, that every neighborhood in the city sits on stolen land. Similarly, the “we are all immigrants” narrative ignores the fact that Native and most Black American communities did not immigrate. It is important here to note that while most non-Native communities of color have complicated and coercive histories of migration, non-Native Black American’s ancestors were kidnapped and brought to the US as slaves.


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