The Flatness of Blackness: Afro-Pessimism and the Erasure of Anti-Colonial Thought

Originally published in Salvage, this piece by Kevin Ochieng Okoth, offers a sustained critique of American 'Afro-pessimism', noting, in particular, how it erases experiences, including political experiences, of African people living in Africa.

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 Occi-dentalism besides its canonical erasure of Black resistance and Pan-African revolt for white settler state historiographies.

Afro-Pessimism and the (Un)Logic of Anti-Blackness

An essay, critical of Afro-pessimism, by Annie Olaloku-Teriba in Historical Materialism.

The Birthmark of Damnation: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Black Body

A critique of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Afro-pessimism first published in Viewpoint Magazine.