Date: Thursday, November 14
Lecture: Decolonizing Reparations: Black Liberation, Indigenous Resurgence and Latinx Insurgency
On Juneteenth 2019, Ta-Nehisi Coates testified before Congress to support a bill establishing a commission to study reparations for descendants of the African slave trade in the US. “It is impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery,” he remarked, adding “the matter of reparations is one of making amends and redress” and “also a question of citizenship.” Professor Trujillo explores the urgency of reparations through the lens of Latinx cultural politics, bringing questions of migrant justice and Indigenous land repatriation to bear. Through readings of Latinx, Black, and Indigenous literature, social movements, and cultural studies, he explores the decolonizing possibilities of reparations to reconceptualize cross-racial and transnational alliance to challenge state racism.