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Melissa F. Weiner is associate professor of sociology at The College of the Holy Cross.
Antonio Carmona Báez is president of the University of St. Martin, at Philipsburg, Sint Maarten.
IntroductionMelissa F. Weiner and Antonio Carmona BáezPart I: The Space of Decoloniality1. Untold Histories and New Waves of Black Resistance in the Netherlands Mitchell Esajas2. From the Hollow of the Lion: A Testimony of Revolt at the University of AmsterdamThe University of Colour (Amandla Awethu!, Tirza Balk, Inez Blanca van der Scheer, Emma van Meyeren, Alfrida Martis, and Nguyễn Nam Chi)3. Decoloniality and Black Heritage ToursJennifer Tosch4. Colonialism Begets Coloniality: A Case Study of Sint Eustatius, Caribbean NetherlandsTeresa E. Leslie5. InterNational Anti-Racism Group vs. the Netherlands’ Sesame Street, 21st Century Blackface, and Public TelevisionGloria Holwerda-Williams6. Reclaiming Our Voices: The Anti-Black Pete Movement from a Black Woman’s PerspectiveJessica de Abreu7. On Agency and BelongingQuinsy Gario8 Hymn to the Night, from Fear to FreedomTeresa Maria Díaz NerioPart II: Decolonial Dutch Episteme9. Layers of Emancipation Struggles: Some Reflections on the Dutch CaseKwame Nimako10. Catching the Dutch Double BindLianne Leonora11. Acknowledging the Non-Ordinary Dimensions of Decoloniality: The Case of the Kingdom of the NetherlandsFrancio Guadeloupe12. White Innocence in the NetherlandsGloria Wekker13. White Order, Corporate Capital, and Control of Mobility in the NetherlandsEgbert Alejandro Martina and Patricia Schor14. “Activism” and (the Afterlives of) Dutch ColonialismGuno Jones15. Decoloniality of Memory and Anti-Black RacismArtwell Cain16. Decolonizing the Islamic Other: The Changed Conditions of Critical ThinkingHalleh GhorashiConclusions: Smashing the PillarsMelissa F. Weiner and Antonio Carmona Báez
This is a tour de force in Decolonial Studies. The myth of Dutch tolerance is demolished. Dutch political complicity with racial/colonial domination is very well analyzed and made explicit in this book. A must to read!
— Ramón Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley
This book enacts its political commitments in its own methodology, bringing together more practice-based contributions with more theoretically-oriented contributions. This juxtaposition enriches both conversations and serves as an example of how theory can be lived beyond the university, as well as how scholarship can take up an ethical and political commitment.
— Noah De Lissovoy, The University of Texas at Austin
For too long the Netherlands has been considered an innocent and benevolent country, without apparently a significant colonial past or a racist present. This volume not only completely shatters this illusion, but also demonstrates the significance of multiple contemporary efforts to critically engage and decolonize Dutch society, culture, and political life. The impressive theoretical breadth of the text makes it an essential one not only for Dutch and European Studies, but also for decolonial thinking, the study of social movements, the study of Caribbean and African diasporas, and for the critical engagement with race, racism, and other forms of dehumanization in the contemporary world. In short, this text places Dutch anti-racist and decolonial activism at the forefront of debates and scholarship on decoloniality today.
— Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Rutgers University
Smash the Pillars is a wonderfully curated collection that shakes the very roots of contemporary Dutch colonial practice. A stellar group of contributors present powerful personal, political, and theoretical accounts of antiracist activism and analysis. This book is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in antiracism and decoloniality.
— Woody Doane, University of Hartford