Lecture by Dr. Xach Williams: “Views of race, property, and US Settler Colonialism from the place of blackness in the Pacific Northwest”
Lecture begins at 11:10 am
This lecture will engage with contemporary national calls for reparations for chattel slavery in the US through a regionally specific framing of histories of blackness in the Pacific Northwest. In the wake of the state perpetrated murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the subsequent protests against police brutality across the nation, the US has experienced renewed conversations around the meanings of race, violence, and inequality in US society. However, what is often lost in national discussions of race and violence are the ways in which race functions in differentiated ways across space. By approaching a national conversation on reparations through a regionally specific lens, this paper intends to demonstrate the potential of a multiscalar approach to account for nuanced and regionally differentiated meanings of blackness, white supremacy, and power, and to highlight the importance of theoretical approaches that identify connections between structures of chattel slavery and settler colonialism in the US.