From Panamá to Standing Rock: Dogs, Queerness, Colonialism

This is nothing new. This is nothing extraordinary. This is how it has always been.

On September 2, 2016 a privately contracted paramilitary security force released several dogs on a group of Native protesters at the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota.

 

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Tomas Alejo

One fine day in 1530, a Spanish colonial security force released several dogs on a group of Native protesters on the Isthmus of Panamá.

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Theodor De Bry, Los perros de Balboa contra los indígenas sodomitas, 1592

This is history repeating.

But now, instead of devouring Indians for sodomy–as in 1530–it is for oil. What was once called the “pecado nefando,” the nefarious sin, voluptuousness, sexual aberration, queerness, is now the sin of sovereignty.

Today, rather than the management of bodies it is the management of land. Sexuality replaced by extractivist ecology.

This is nothing new. This is colonialism.

Colonial management of desire, of bodies, of land, of futures, of time, of knowledge.

The management of these bodies, from the 16th century to today, from Panamá to Standing Rock, is the consequence, the mandate, the undeniable goal of colonial systems.

And yet, we are still here. And yet, we still resist. We organize, we speak out, we write, we listen, we share, we love. This is also nothing new. And it will continue. And we will be there.

#nodapl

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