This land is not mine. No land is mine. Only diaspora is my home for I am a guest everywhere and indigenous nowhere.
To be a guest is an honor. To be a thankless guest is more than shameful. There is nothing worse than to be a guest who does not acknowledge her hosts and instead takes their land, their houses, and their lives. This is the travesty of settler colonialism, this is the heresy of the United States, this is the unforgivable sin of conquering nations. This is too is travesty of people who have been deeply wronged, enslaved, forcibly relocated, exiled, banished, and threatened with genocide. Our harrowing histories do not cleanse us of our sins and do not free us of our obligations.
Those of us who are indigenous nowhere are tied to indigenous people everywhere. We cannot claim land and they are not allowed to claim land that is rightfully theirs. We belong nowhere and they belong where no one else will allow them to be. Their genocides are tied to our genocides. We owe our existence, our very lives to them. And we who are indigenous nowhere must know who are debt is owed to.
It is for another time, another essay to analyze more fully the fact that our killers are also shameless guests, are also indigenous nowhere. It is also for another time to try and figure out how one becomes indigenous nowhere or how one remains indigenous.
For now, I will content myself with one sidebar that I surely do not have time for but will include regardless. It is a side bar for fellow Jews. Everyone else, especially white non-Jewish immigrants to the US of however many generations ago, please deal with your own settler colonialist issues first. I'm sure that will keep you occupied for a good long time. When you're done I will be more than delighted to hear your thoughts on the matter.