Question: who has an immigrant wife, an immigrant mother, and immigrant grandparents, but can practice his ‘birtherism’? Answer: a settler in a settler society

16Jul19

Recent presidential tweets have been seen as racist. They are, but more than racist, they are one result of settler colonialism as a specific mode of domination. He said:

‘So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.

Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done’.

Note the ‘us’ at the end. He is imagining he is talking to settlers in a settler society. He probably is. If you are not indigenous and you are not a settler colonist, you are an exogenous ‘other’, always from somewhere else.



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