Taking a critical view of a venerated international principle, Randall Williams
shows how the concept of human rights-often taken for granted as a force for good in the world-corresponds directly with U.S. imperialist aims. Citing internationalists from W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon to, more recently, M. Jacqui Alexander and China Mieville, Williams insists on a reckoning of human rights with the violence of colonial modernity.
Randall Williams is an instructor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. He has been involved with various social movements from ACT UP to the recently formed Teachers Against Occupation.