The worst form of colonialism is settler colonialism, unless it occurs on empty and unclaimed land. But then it would not be colonialism. Settler colonialism requires another weaker people to be contacted, deceived, infiltrated, invaded, conquered, displaced, controlled, discriminated against, hated, and “non-peopled.” Histories and narratives need to be constructed or warped in order to justify the unjustifiable, including dispossession, expropriation, humiliation, killings and genocide. More importantly, all this needs to be done in accordance with divine scripture or sacred authority. British, French and other European settler colonialists, however, tended to rely on enlightenment philosophy as much as religious sanction and injunction. They were missionaries, traders and murderers. Read More….
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