(Re)Building the Master's House: Dismantling America's Colonial Politics of Extraction and Exclusion

38 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2021 Last revised: 17 May 2021

See all articles by Marissa Jackson Sow

Marissa Jackson Sow

Open Society Foundations (OSF); United Nations - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; St. John's University - School of Law

Date Written: February 24, 2021

Abstract

As socioeconomic and legal inequality continues to be laid bare in the post-Trump United States—due to the convergence of political activity (including a national election cycle and an insurrection) with an economic downtown, a global public health crisis, and the impacts of climate change—one more fissure in the foundation of the American democratic project has become evident. Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett’s management of Donald Trump’s post-insurrection impeachment trial served as an indictment not only of the former President’s alleged misdeeds but modern-day American colonialism—still explicitly codified in law—that extracts service and capital from the Congresswoman and her constituents while excluding them from proprietor and contractor status in the American body politic. This Essay begins an extrapolative exploration of the theory of whiteness as contract as applied to political enfranchisement in the United States, making the case for dismantling present-day American colonialism and reconstructing an expanded version of American democracy as a way to revoke the country’s racial contract.

Keywords: colonialism, democracy, racism, race, Congress, constitutional law, contract, philosophy, politics, voting, enfranchisement

Suggested Citation

Jackson Sow, Marissa, (Re)Building the Master's House: Dismantling America's Colonial Politics of Extraction and Exclusion (February 24, 2021). Michigan Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3803626

Marissa Jackson Sow (Contact Author)

Open Society Foundations (OSF) ( email )

224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
United States

United Nations - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( email )

Palais des Nations
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva
Switzerland

St. John's University - School of Law ( email )

8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
134
Abstract Views
633
rank
294,742
PlumX Metrics