Wonderful, thought-provoking essay from Adele Thomas:
Searching for the answer brings me face to face with a difficult reality—a reality that means it is understood and acknowledged that I am here as a result of theft of life and culture. This feeling is hollowing and a specific loss of self and personhood unique to that of a non-Indigenous slave descendant. The denial of ever having a true anchor even if able to completely dismantle the settler system.
Jared Sexton reframes anti-racism and anti-settler colonization as movements with a need for nuance in the understanding of oppression under colonialism, with specific acknowledgment of the effects of chattel slavery on the African diaspora as it pertains to land sovereignty. In The Vel of Slavery: Tracking the Figure of the Unsovereign, Sexton states:‘What if the problem is sovereignty as such’ (Moten, 2013)? Abolition, the political dream of Black Studies, its unconscious thinking, consists in the affirmation of the unsovereign slave – the affectable, the derelict, the monstrous, the wretched – figures of an order altogether different from (even when they coincide or cohabit with) the colonized native – the occupied, the undocumented, the unprotected, the oppressed. Abolition is beyond (the restoration of) sovereignty.