Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law

9780814723944: Hardback
Release Date: 10th March 2020

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 368

Series Citizenship and Migration in the Americas

NYU Press

Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law

Why Structural Racism Persists

Hardback / £52.00

How taking Indigenous sovereignty seriously can help dismantle the structural racism encountered by other people of color in the United States
Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law provides a timely analysis of structural racism at the intersection of law and colonialism. Noting the grim racial realities still confronting communities of color, and how they have not been alleviated by constitutional guarantees of equal protection, this book suggests that settler colonial theory provides a more coherent understanding of what causes and what can help remediate racial disparities.
Saito attributes the origins and persistence of racialized inequities in the United States to the prerogatives asserted by its predominantly Angloamerican colonizers to appropriate Indigenous lands and resources, to profit from the labor of voluntary and involuntary migrants, and to ensure that all people of color remain “in their place.”
By providing a functional analysis that links disparate forms of oppression, this book makes the case for the oft-cited proposition that racial justice is indivisible, focusing particularly on the importance of acknowledging and contesting the continued colonization of Indigenous peoples and lands. Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law concludes that rather than relying on promises of formal equality, we will more effectively dismantle structural racism in America by envisioning what the right of all peoples to self-determination means in a settler colonial state.

Natsu Taylor Saito is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law in Atlanta. She is the author of Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law and From Chinese Exclusion to Guantánamo Bay: Plenary Power and the Prerogative State.