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Red Skin, White Masks by Glen Sean Coulthard
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Among the heavy and detestable slur of those onerous voices advocating "recognition, recognition; history is getting better" (as if Hegelian progress were a matter of the state's inevitable good graces), Coulthard's intervention is a sharp, refreshing call. What do liberal recognition and toleration mean if not accompanied by redistribution? Why make recourse to the increasingly-expert indigenous legislative appeal when, historically, they make little material difference?

Spurred on by the Idle No More movement, Coulthard asks: why not decide on non-capitalist change, direct action, and gendered justice? Music to my ears. He traces a genealogy of thought from Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Frantz Fanon to Nancy Fraser and Leanne Simpson; the aim here is straightforward: free for action the principles of indigenous action. Whether returning to the importance of land, distinguishing resentment from ressentiment, or tracing out the relationship between gendered discrimination and indigenous/colonial structures, Coulthard is always worth reading.
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January 29, 2017 – Started Reading
January 29, 2017 – Shelved
February 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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