Sobreviventes del Mundo: Locating Social Movement and Decolonial Praxis within Black Migrant Caravans

Authors: Omawu Enobabor*, CUNY - Graduate Center
Topics: Cultural Geography, Ethnic Geography, Development
Keywords: black geographies, migration,
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 22
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This paper attempts to disrupt narratives of state- based racial logic and Anti-Black racism when analyzing contemporary social movements of Black migration as migrant caravans through Latin America. Contemporary Black migration, in particular from Haiti and West and East Africa, can be seen as a product of racial capitalism (Gilmore 2007) and premature industrialization (Rodrik 2015). Within this construct of “migrant” for members of the African Diaspora that have been dispossessed and displaced in the Americas, the label of asylum, refugee, and economic migrant are used as politicized “entanglements” that drive this community closer to detention and from integration (Loyd and Mountz 2018). I use two texts, a memoir entitled, Sobreviventes: Ciudadanos del Mundo by Pascal Ustin Dubuisson (2018) and the epic novel Chango: El Gran Putas by Manuel Zapata Olivella as a decolonial praxis to situate the framework toward understanding the unique challenges and accommodations current Black caravans are facing as they reach closer to the US-Mexico border.

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