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What ‘Settler Colonialism’ Is About

Posted on | June 3, 2021 | No Comments

About six or seven years ago, while I was researching radical feminism, I began encountering the phrase “settler colonialism,” e.g., “Why Racial Justice Work Needs to Address Settler Colonialism and Native Rights,” a 2015 article at Everyday Feminism by Rachel Kuo.

Why would Kuo, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, who was at that time a Ph.D. student at New York University, be so worked up about “settler colonialism”? And what the heck does this have to do with feminism, “Everyday” or otherwise? Is the “Native Rights” movement a big thing in Manhattan nowadays? Like, you’re going to sell New York back to descendants of the original inhabitants for $24 in beads?

The United States government has an entire bureau within the Interior Department devoted to “Native Rights,” funded to the tune of a couple billion dollars a year, and while I don’t have a clue what they’re doing with all that money, I haven’t noticed any tribes on the warpath lately, scalping white settlers in Arizona or whatever, so I reckon there is no real crisis amongst the natives. And yet there was Rachel Kuo, whose parents came to America so their daughter could get a Ph.D. at an elite private university, working herself into a tizzy over the realization that she is on “occupied Indigenous land” — currently that would be Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she is now a “postdoctoral research fellow” — and pleading about the need to “move from acknowledging settler privilege towards challenging and dismantling colonialist thought and behavior.”

White Guilt: Now for Asians, Too!

What kind of wacky thinking is this? My own ancestors were amongst the immediate perpetrators and beneficiaries of “settler colonialism” — they arrived here more than two centuries before Kuo’s parents did — but what did they get from it? Some farmland in Alabama, eventually. Oh, how privileged they were, living in their log cabin, harnessing up the mules to plow those red clay fields near the banks of the Little Tallapoosa River, where legend had it Andy Jackson fought the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. (The battle was quite real, of course, but its exact location was the “legendary” part, since the geography of Alabama was rather obscure at the time.) Knowing something about the kind of hardscrabble life my ancestors lived on that “occupied Indigenous land,” I am devoid of any feelings of guilt as to how it became “occupied” in the first place.

If I, the descendant of actual colonial settlers, feel no remorse about the circumstances by which my ancestors obtained their Alabama farmland, why is Rachel Kuo wringing her hands about “settler colonialism”?

This question didn’t occur to me, and the answer was of little interest to me, when I was busy researching radical feminism, which is such a frothing cauldron of craziness that it was all I could do to retain my own sanity while studying it. But over the years since, while the various fringes of the Left were ratcheting up their radical rhetoric as the “resistance” against Donald Trump, I kept encountering that weirdly puzzling phrase “settler colonialism,” until it finally hit me:

THIS IS REALLY ABOUT ISRAEL!

Or, as the leftists would say, “Occupied Palestine.”

You see, nobody is really planning to return Randolph County, Alabama, to the descendants of the Creek Indians, no more so than Manhattan will be sold back to the “Indigenous Peoples” for $24 in beads. All this rhetoric about “settler colonialism” emanating from the radical Left is actually aimed at delegitimizing the nation of Israel.

Look at what a 501(c)3 published on its Instagram account last month:

 

 

Those are two of eight slides on this anti-Israel propaganda project which I encountered — surprise! surprise!on a Tumblr blog.

Do not let yourself be deceived by the Left’s rhetoric. Their ambitions are global in scale, and the destruction of Israel is very near the top of their list of objectives. Genesis 12:3 tells us that there is curse upon the Left’s wicked project. We are approaching the prophetic Last Days, and every man must decide whom he will serve. Selah.




 

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