Ramon Grosfoguel
University of California, Berkeley, USA


This essay is an introduction to the implicit theoretical positions presupposed when we say “decolonial Afro-Caribbean thought.” It discusses the spacIal, theoretical and epistemological presuppositions that defines de field of study in this special issue. The Caribbean is redefined as the Greater Caribbean, not as a Geography, but as a socio-historical-cultural experience coming from the plantations of racial capitalism. In addition, it discusses the Decolonial Manifesto of Aimé Césaire as a foundationl text of Afro-Caribbean Decolonial Thought.

Keywords: Afro-Caribbean decolonisl thought, Caribbean, Aimé Césaire, epistemic extractivism, Greater Caribbean, modern civilization, racial capitalism.