Rad Reading: “Decolonizing Together: Moving Beyond a Politics of Solidarity Toward a Practice of Decolonization”

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by Abaki Beck

Text: “Decolonizing Together: Moving Beyond a Politics of Solidarity Toward a Practice of Decolonization”

Author: Harsha Walia

Quote to Highlight: “Indigenous self-determination must become the foundation for all our broader social justice mobilizing...(it is) intertwined with struggles against racism, poverty, police violence, war and occupation, violence against women and environmental justice.”

Quick Summary: This article focuses on the crucial role non-indigenous people play in decolonization practices. Walia argues that decolonization is about rethinking our relationship to the land and centering indigenous epistemologies in social justice movements. Waila discusses practical ways to engage with decolonization, like how to center indigenous voices without this becoming inaction while waiting for instructions; self-educating on indigenous issues; and recognizing the privilege and benefits you gain from residing on stolen indigenous land. She argues that building solidarity should focus on building relationships.

File It Under: Settler-colonialism, activism, solidarity, decolonization

Type of text: Academic text

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