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 Occidentalism 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.