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