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Duke University Press


Meridian issue: BIPOC Europe; edited by Ginetta E. B. Candelario

Editor's Introduction by Ginetta E. B. Candelario

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This special issue, guest edited by leading scholars of BIPOC Europe Nana Osei-Kofi and Shirley Ann Tate, although focused on contemporary populations, prompts us to remember that BIPOC Europe has a long, albeit relatively underrecognized history (Ramey 2016). By definition, to speak of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Europe implies that these populations are distinctive from the presumptively white European. Yet European whiteness is neither natural nor long-standing. Rather, it is an invention resulting from modernity’s settler colonial, colonial, and imperialist projects in Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Australia, as are the designations Black, Indigenous, of Color, and their sundry precursor labels for Europe’s targeted peoples and places.

Meridians: 22:1

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