Afro-Blue Notes: The Death of Afro-pessimism (2.0)?

This article examines Wilderson and Sexton’s trending reiteration of an old Euro-imperial pessimism—a perverse “Afro-pessimism (2.0)” in which Africa disappears altogether along with most of the Black diaspora. Its fatalist representation of “slavery” is interrogated for its “Americanism” and Occidentalism besides its canonical erasure of Black resistance and Pan-African revolt for white settler state historiographies.

Theory & Event, Volume 21, Number 1, January 2018, pp. 282-317.

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red jack
Feb 19 2019 16:44


  • In the end, it is also telling that this “Afro-pessimist” embrace of “social death” has never thought to ask what or whose conception of the “social” and whose or what conception of “death” is assumed by the notion.

    Greg Thomas


R Totale
Feb 19 2019 19:54

Looking forward to reading this - recently got around to reading some of the "black liberation in Britain" stuff that's been added to the library of late, and had been thinking about how terrible a framework afro-pessimism seems to be in comparison to the approach of groups like Southall Black Sisters or the United Black Youth League.