chapter  3
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Utopian Ecologies: Post-human, Post-racial

On November 17th 2015, an online petition was started for the removal of a cartoon printed in the British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail, which depicted Middle-Eastern migrants walking into Britain alongside a trail of rats.1 The cartoon was quickly compared to those produced in Germany in the 1930s, which were part of a wave of propaganda in both print and lm comparing Jews to vermin. Such imaginaries are part of a larger history, most notably including the representation of slaves as animals and the black human as a separate species, which positions the racial other as less than human or less human (Gilroy 2005: 26) – as, in Judith Butler’s (2004: 218) terms, unintelligible – not merely marginalised, but rather rendered invisible within the connes of a social structure that sharply delimits what is and what is not permitted recognition: what, in essence, can be permitted to be identied not as a ‘what’ but as a ‘who’.