This is a guest post by Inés Valdez, assistant professor in political science at The Ohio State University. This post is based on her book manuscript in progress on Kant's and W. E. B. Du Bois’s cosmopolitanism and a recent workshop paper that will soon be appearing in the collection on Empire, Race, and Global Justice edited by Duncan Bell.
An emerging literature in the field of history has made clear that transnational connections between black Americans and anti-colonial movements in the Caribbean and Asia were prominent in the twentieth century (see, among many others, Slate 2012). These connections resulted in more or less institutionalized forms of communication, exchange, and solidarity that influenced politically how these groups understood their own history of injustice and struggle.
These connections indicate that groups within the West saw their marginalization as connected to groups within what we today call the global South and saw the potential of realms of politics beyond the nation as sites of emancipation and justice.
Despite this literature, and the relatively recent events that they cover, the global justice literature is largely unconcerned with them.