The alchemy of creative resistance, the practice of unbecoming a colonial subject, begins where it began—in the elements, in the basic structures of a thing. It’s speculative, a little fantastical, and protoscientific. It requires intuition, inquiry, and a daring imagination—nothing less—for transmutation to occur. From the beginning, the European plantocracy transformed the physical environment and the landscapes of the islands it claimed. Aside from running off most of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean sea isles, the colonizers burned and slashed the virgin forests to build the structures needed to extract their mono crops. They burned and slashed people, too, setting into motion another series of psychic and physical transformations. The increasingly necessary racialized structures were embedded into the colonial project with simultaneous processes that rendered some parts visible and others invisible. The counter, the de, the un to this...

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