A Reader- Foreword by Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw
Edited By George J. Sefa Dei
27. Beyond Deconstruction: Evolving the Ties between Indigenous Knowledges and Post-Foundational Anti-Racism Zahra Murad 422
Anti-racism has been my activism, my lens of critique, and my source of strength for almost adecade.I have built my academic and personal life around it, striving to hold myself and the people important to me accountable to one another and to its principles. And, I have always assumed that anti-racism can, and does, function coherently with anti-colonialism. I am beginning to learn that it is naïve to assume this of all anti-racisms, that this assumption is perhaps a product of my own privilege as a settler on Turtle Island and my perspective as a displaced person, rather than a reflec- tion of a truth.1 Despite some very clearly delineated theorizing within the Academy with regards to what anti-racism may or may not be, it has been my experience that anti-racism is as diverse in its practices as it is in its adherents. Although I have looked on this diversity as a strength, I must acknowledge that, like all mechanisms that attempt to govern the impact of social interactions, anti- racism is flawed, contextual, and not at all perfect. This chapter is a reflection of my experiences in specific communities and movements with a particular form of post-foundationalist anti-racism, and of the re-colonizing implications of utiliz- ing post-foundationalism as the primary lens through which to theorize resistance. Post-foundation- al anti-racist theorizing in the Academy is often productive and subversive, challenging dominant structures of colonization and racialization. Rather than reflecting on post-foundational anti-racism as it is theorized in text, however,...
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