Infestation!

31Jul19

In the Guardian Afua Hirsch concludes that ‘Whenever Trump says ‘infested’, we know he’s talking about people of colour‘. She is spot on, but there’s more than racism. Settler colonialism is a mode of domination that reproduces a specific sociopolitical body in the place of another. Unwanted and uncontrolled reproduction is the end of settler colonialism. Like an infection (the terms share the same etymology), an infestation’s primary characteristic is an ability to reproduce. That’s when the settler-colonial mind flips out.

 



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