Colonial violence aims to sever relationships. My own paralyzing fearfulness of ghosts and the alienation that caused between me and my ancestors is just one example of the violence that colonialism does to our spirits and, consequently, to our families and nations. Once my grandmother told me a story about her sister being pushed off the couch by a spirit during her nap. I automatically envisioned a harmful, belligerent ghost who was laying in wait until my aunty had fallen asleep. I could not imagine any other possibilities.
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