Rad Reading: "Decolonization is not a metaphor"

Text: Decolonization is not a metaphor

Author: Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

Quote to Highlight: “Until stolen land is returned, critical consciousness does not translate into action that disrupts settler colonialism.”

Quick Summary: The authors address an issue that they see within discussions of decolonization: that it is often relegated to the metaphorical realm. For example, supporting indigenous histories or saying "decolonizing schools," but not making efforts to return land or increase land use and access by indigenous people. They argue this enables settlers to "move to innocence."

File it under: Settler colonialism, decolonization, racial justice

Type of text: Academic text, theory

Read our longer summary here from a past (De)Constructing Knowledge, and READ THE TEXT HERE (pdf).

Abaki Beck