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Para el cartógrafo “entender” nada tiene que ver con explicar y, muchos menos, con revelar. Para él no hay nada arriba (cielos de la trascendencia) ni abajo (brumas de la esencia). Lo que hay arriba, abajo y por todos lados, son intensidades buscando expresión. Lo que él quiere es bucear en la geografía de los afectos y, al mismo tiempo, inventar puentes para hacer su travesía: puentes de lenguaje.
Es notorio que, para el cartógrafo, el lenguaje no es un vehículo de mensajes y salvación. Es en sí mismo creación de mundos. Alfombra mágica. Vehículo que promueve la transición hacia otros mundos, nuevas formas de historia. Incluso, hasta podemos decir que, en la práctica del cartógrafo, se integran Historia y Geografía.
Eso nos permite hacer dos observaciones más: para el cartógrafo el problema no es el de lo falso vs. lo verdadero, ni el de lo teórico vs. lo empírico, pero sí el de lo vital vs. lo destructivo, el de lo activo vs. lo reactivo. Lo que él quiere es participar, embarcarse en la constitución de territorios existenciales, constitución de realidad.
really absolutely hate it when white ppl regurgitate the “fuck imperialism fuck the liberal nation-state no borders!!!1!” trope
i see it dangerously close and tangentially related to the whole “we’re all human” thing (problematic for obvious reasons, none the least of which being that we’re certainly not all treated as human), and as people who construct(ed) the borders and continue to benefit from them in material ways on a daily basis, it certainly rings a little hollow and contrived from whites’ mouths. it feels like a catch-phrase they’ve learned to say and like it has basically no meaning. i really don’t think that people who have not experienced colonialism could ever possibly understand the complexities of border issues and what’s at stake in a gross claim like “fuck borders.”
if you’ve never had your right to life on your ancestral lands called into question, if you’ve never experienced the intergenerational trauma of forced removal, if you’ve never had to cross a border to survive, if you’ve never had your land stolen from you, never had to stand helpless watching your lands be destroyed and your cultural ideas of territory negated & erased, or never experienced life in an area of land struggle, then how could you possibly understand border violence?
the irony is that the bulk of the foundational postcolonial theory that a lot of white activists casually cite was born out of anticolonial sovereignty struggles that had everything to do with borders. the Third World movement, waves of anticolonial resistance…all of that was predicated on self-determination & sovereignty—for a formerly colonized people, the right to govern their own nation/lands is a major part of liberation. colonized people of color worldwide have given their lives defending that right to a nation of their own.
borders are not the problem, they’re a scapegoat for lazy people. colonizer-drawn and imposed borders & ideas of nationhood/territory are the crux of the issue, and thus ongoing colonialism & (neo)colonial socio-political relations are the fundamental problem. obviously not all cultures share the same ideas of nation or territory, so it would stand to reason that there are probably (and definitely are) some ideological border formations out there that are not inherently violent. total decolonization would require the radical transformation of global cartography defined by capitalist-cartesian spatial demarcations of power, allowing for indigenous (in the broadest sense of the word) self-determination not only of borders themselves, but of what those borders mean and how they are understood.
so to all people who casually shout out “fuck borders” with no context or nuance: you’re not an ally (especially not to ppl who are still experiencing ongoing colonial occupation), you’re just lazy.
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