Nitasha Sharma expands the focus on Black military connections to the Pacific, pointing to a wide catalog of Black diasporic encounters beyond of the context of US imperialism. Paying attention to both the longer history and contemporary lived experiences of nonmilitary Black civilians in Oceania can redirect colonial binaries of race (Black/White) and settler colonialism (native/settler) and address antiBlack racism in Pacific societies. Simeon Man provides a commentary on Sharma’s work, highlighting how it can turn our attention to the concrete and varied reasons for Black movement to and presence in the Pacific, as well as to the different relations of power and modes of anti-Blackness formed within colonized contexts.

You do not currently have access to this content.