I'm just a stranger here I'm just a stranger there
Good God, you know
I'm just passing through Passing through your time.
That's right. Just so.
Passing through your time.
Afrofuturism has always had the stranger blues.
Part of it is, as Mark Sinker notes, we are convinced the apocalypse has already happened. Slavery. Colonialism. Segregation. Military and prison industrial complexes. Nuclear war. Climate upheaval. There is no waiting for a punishing Judgement. The future is now. We are meta.
But part of it is that these violences are central to the Afro-diasporic experience. Slavery as a moment of rupture, dispersal and forced immigration. Colonialism that literally transforms home into hostile territory. Structures of segregation and apartheid that reshape you as a foreign object when you move into the wrong spaces (e.g. school, lunch counter) or walk down the wrong street without your pass or papers.
When Will Smith played a lone ranger scientist in I am Legend, we didn’t blink an eye. When Denzel Washington played lone ranger spiritualist in Book of Eli, we were not surprised. Walking among the ruins wondering if you are the last man or woman on Earth? We know that feeling. And Janelle Monae can ask as easily today as fifty years ago (as five hundred years ago)
So you think I'm alone? But being alone's the only way to be
When you step outside
You spend life fighting for your sanity
This is a cold war
You better know what you're fighting for
This is a cold war
Do you know what you're fighting for?
Stranger blues is beyond black. The genocide of tens of millions of First Peoples across an entire hemisphere is a meme in speculative fiction that has been turned inside out by writers like Eduardo Galeano. The liminal status of brown “aliens” in U.S. immigration policy supplies another storyline, another discordant note. Latin America’s "modernization" over the last century (with the help of a little bit of tyranny, white-washing and hyper-militarization sanctioned by the U.S. and at the expense of its black and brown peoples) is so much like a real-life Star Wars or Lord of the Rings saga, that Junot Diaz based the childhood fantasies of his most famous character on it.
Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz, November 25, 2010 by masa (Click)
Afrofuturism is #sablefangyrls and #sablefanbois whistling in the dark at the disaster around them but holding hands with hermanas and hermanos across the universe. We are Pan-Alien.
(to be continued....)
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