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Relics of the Afrofuture acts as a nonlinear portal of present relics and future possibility, linked through nature. The link between Black life and nature is crucial, in this portal natural resources are not weaponized against Black communities. Black life is cared for and preserved as the environment.
On the sliding spectrum of Afropessimism to Afrofuturism, we both find ourselves in the in-between. For us Afropessimism acknowledges the reality of the lasting effects of colonialism and imperialism in relation to folks of African Diaspora. We view Afropessimism as the reality of the present moment, that lets us know reform cannot be synonymous with or to reconstruction, reform must be synonymous with abolishing the systems which are not in support of Black existence. Afrofuturism for us is experienced through people of African descent being and existing in spaces and identities they were erased from, or not imagined in. Afrofuturism allows for Blackness to be expansive rather than confined.