"Settler colonialism is a structure, not an event." Among much else, these words mean that, whether they're called Columbus Day, Independence Day, or Tuesday, every day in America is a Columbus Day – every day marks the continuation of the ongoing dispossession of Native nations. Despite that Native life and land return matter every single … Continue reading Every Day in Amerikkka is Columbus Day
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This collection of resources is a project of Anti-Racist Appalachia, a grassroots collective of anti-colonial and anti-racist activists organizing in Central Appalachia. This reading list aims to put together works which challenge white supremacy and settler colonialism in Appalachia, or which help provide a basis on which to build solidarity work. This reading list is a work in progress. If you any … Continue reading Anti-Racist Appalachia Reading List
Looking at the U.S. White Working Class Historically can be ordered directly from the publisher at Left Wing Books, or from AK Press and Amazon On October 20, 1981 David Gilbert was arrested for his participation in an ill-fated expropriation of a Brink's truck to fund the revolutionary activities of the Black Liberation Army. In his … Continue reading Book Review: Looking at the U.S. White Working Class Historically
O those who pass between fleeting words Carry your names, and be gone – Mahmoud Darwish Appalachian identity politics has long struggled with its origins as a white identity politic, and an often explicitly so one at that. The first stream of mountain identitarians – whether one is speaking of Harry Caudill, Helen Lewis, Loyal … Continue reading How to pronounce Appalachia
In every anti-racism training or workshop I've participated in, whether it was led by a liberal or more radically inclined teacher, there's a certain political conclusion that masquerades as common sense. At some point, the facilitator will reassure the whites in the room, letting them know that even though their lives are based on the … Continue reading Shame, guilt, or the preservation of white pride in anti-racist strategy