Melanie Yazzie, an esteemed liberal arts professor at the University of Minnesota, boldly advocated for the deconstruction and decolonization of the United States during a recent pro-Palestinian event. The event, which was coordinated by the Red Nation, an anti-capitalist Native American advocacy organization, centered on the Israel-Hamas war and included Yazzie as one of several featured speakers.
Yazzie underscored in her discourse the fact that numerous individuals, indigenous communities included, are subject to the authority of the United States government. She drew parallels between the United States and Israel, stating that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is financed by the United States and that the two situations are fundamentally identical.
A more extensive appeal for action was made by Yazzie within the borders of the United States. The speaker implored the audience to actively pursue the process of decolonizing the nation, branding the United States “the preeminent predator empire in history.” Her objective was to eliminate American influence in numerous regions across the globe, such as Palestine and Turtle Island, an appellation employed by certain Native American communities to refer to North America.
The professor further discussed the recent Israeli civilian casualties carried out by Hamas, asserting that these events had a transformative impact on the entire globe. She perceived the Palestinian struggle as a viable course of action for indigenous peoples and a formidable entity with the potential to reshape international relations.
Yazzie’s position extended beyond matters of international concern. As a system founded on imperialism and colonialism, she criticized liberalism, arguing that it speaks only the language of violence and employs benevolence to conceal its true nature. Her position was one of opposition to liberalism and support for resistance against imperialism and colonialism, which she deemed the sole viable strategy to overcome.
The speaker’s message also encompassed Palestinian allies, to whom she reiterated the imperative of dismantling the United States, while attributing the forefront of liberation struggles to indigenous people. Yazzie emphasized decolonization as the sole viable course of action to safeguard both humanity and the planet, imploring individuals to wholeheartedly adopt it.
The University of Minnesota and the Red Nation, in addition to Yazzie, declined to comment in response to inquiries regarding her statements. Concerning the extent of free speech in academic environments and the involvement of academia in political activism, her call for the dissolution of the United States has generated considerable debate.