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SUNY New Paltz Teach-In Settler Colonialism Overview

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Eve Tuck

on 22 March 2013

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Transcript of SUNY New Paltz Teach-In Settler Colonialism Overview

The Settler Colonial Triad "Chattel" Slaves Chattel means property of the owner

Slaves were not allowed to own land

Labored on stolen Indigenous land

Bodies were valuable, but not the person

The person was seen as in excess of the body

The person was ownable, punishable, murderable

Prison industrial complex as extension of chattel slavery

Urban spaces/spaces with high concentration of people of color as sites of dispossession Indigenous Peoples Settler colonialism wants Indigenous land, not Indigenous people

Indigenous people are cleared out of the way of colonial progress

Indigenous people made into savages

Story is that Indigenous people are extinct, disappeared, made into ghosts

Indigenous people are erased from valuable land The Settlers Settlers live on stolen land and make it their home

Implement their own laws and understandings of the world onto stolen land (not immigrants)

Make slaves and Indigenous peoples inhuman to get their labor and land

Settlers are not a particular group, are defined by their actions

Settler supremacy as the context for the invention of race How does settler colonialism get what it wants? It is a system, not an event in history
It denies the existence of Indigenous peoples and the legitimacy of claims to land
It denies the long lasting impacts of slavery
It continues to dispossess Indigenous peoples and Black peoples
It promotes white supremacy
It requires arrivants to participate as settlers
It "covers its tracks," (Verancini, 2011) Understanding settler colonialism helps us to see that racism is not human nature; it was invented to explain stealing land and stealing people for labor Settler colonialism covers its tracks The US Constitution guarantees rights to property owners

The notion of property is at the heart of law and recognition

Property and property owners are protected, not people But there are so many other ways to have relationships with land For Indigenous peoples... Land is curriculum

Land is relationship

Land is ancestor

Land is life It is about the land, who belongs, and who deserves to be here "Settler colonialism destroys to replace" (Wolfe, 2007) Settler colonialism wants Indigenous land

Settler colonialism turns Indigenous land into property by destroying Indigenous peoples

It turns chattel slaves into property by destroying the humanity of slaves What does settler
colonialism want? Referenced works
Much of what is described in this discussion of the settler colonial triad is introduced in an interview between Patrick Wolfe and J. Kehaulani Kauanui on Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond

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Wolfe, P. (2006). Settler colonialism and the elimination of the native, Journal of Genocide Research, 8:4, 387 - 409.

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Veracini, L. (2011). Introducing settler colonial studies. Settler Colonial Studies, 1, 1-12.

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See also Tuck, E. & Yang, K.W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society, 1(1), 1-40.

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