White Nationalism: A Challenge for Anarchists

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Located in KAOS Network

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Bio: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is an historian and author, most recently of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States and, forthcoming in January, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.

Description: A history of the origins and development of US nationalism reveal that at its core, US nationalism IS white nationalism, and that generations of British and other western European settlers, and even later Eastern European and Asian immigrants, have embraced in participating and perpetuating anti-Black racism, along with opposition to or little interest/knowledge/support for the claims of land-based Indigenous Nations as well as for Mexican nationals. This reality presents a challenge for US anarchists who see themselves as global actors in opposition to all states and all nationalisms, in that there are particular responsibilities of US citizens and residents in a settler-colonial nation-state, including anarchists, to focus on the specifics of WHITE nationalism, which is US nationalism, rather than assuming a general anti-statist stance, which does not acknowledge settler-colonialism and resistant nationalisms; the Eurocentric origins and continued theorization of the state and nationalism.