by David Rodriguez

About David Rodriguez

Dylan Rodríguez is Professor at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of two books: Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime (2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (2009).

Criminal

The figure of “the criminal” permeates the symbolic, ideological, and militarized racial-­economic foundations of the U.S. nation-­building project. Gendered racial notions of criminality permeate the foundations of U.S. modernity, structuring the primary power relations of chattel enslavement, (conquest and settler) colonialism, global imperialism, and variations of domestic warfare (from Manifest Destiny to the War on Drugs).