Afro-Futurism and Colonialism

A lot of the afro-futurism focuses around a few key questions about colonialism:

  • How has colonialism shaped the black / afrodescendent experience in the past and present?
  • How has colonialism contributed to the social and political systems that are in play around the world today?
  • What would the world look like if colonialism, especially from the 16thto 18thcenturies, had never happened?
  • What might a colonialism-free future look like? How can such a world be imagined and achieved?

Take a look at this article

  • What example does the author use to illustrate our collective imagination?
    • What reactions to this example does the author mention?
  • What is “the myth of Frontier”?
    • How does it fit into our understanding of colonialism and the history of colonization around the globe?
    • How has it contributed to afro-futurism, according to the author?
  • Why does the author mention “Truth: Red, White, and Black”?
    • Why is this version of the comic book considered to be more historically accurate?
    • How might the author argue that the Captain America narrative has been “colonized”?
  • Why does Renaldo Anderson assert that “This literature [afro-futurism] is not science fiction”?
    • How do his examples address colonialism, past and present?
  • Why does the author refer to Black Panther as “mainstream” afro-futurism?oWhat does Black Panther show us about a possible African culture that was not colonialized by the West?What expectations might the author have for the future of the afro-futurist movement?