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Constellations: Capitalism, Antiblackness, Afro-Pessimism, and Black Optimism

Constellations: Capitalism, Antiblackness, Afro-Pessimism, and Black Optimism Constellations: Capitalism, Antiblackness, Afro-Pessimism, and Black Optimism William david hart / macalester college The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslave- ment and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the begin- ning of the conquest and looting of the east indies, the turning of Af- rica into a warren for the commercial hunting of black-skins, signalised the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production. —Karl Marx “in the antiblack world there is but one race, and that race is black. Thus, to be racialized is to be pushed ‘down,’ toward blackness, and to be deracialized is to be pushed ‘up’ toward whiteness.” This does not mean, of course, that there are only blacks and whites in some anthro- pological sense. it does not mean that political reality with regard to race simply reduces to two positions, two histories, or two struggles. r ather, it says that the vectors of the international racial hierarchy)— with its black and white extremities—can and should be brought to bear on every discussion. —Jared Sexton and Huey Copeland There are two principles that emerge in an antiblack society. They are “be white!” and avoid blackness! —Lewis Gordon I. Introduction http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Theology & Philosophy University of Illinois Press

Constellations: Capitalism, Antiblackness, Afro-Pessimism, and Black Optimism

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Constellations: Capitalism, Antiblackness, Afro-Pessimism, and Black Optimism William david hart / macalester college The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslave- ment and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the begin- ning of the conquest and looting of the east indies, the turning of Af- rica into a warren for the commercial hunting of black-skins, signalised the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production. —Karl Marx “in the antiblack world there is but one race, and that race is black. Thus, to be racialized is to be pushed ‘down,’ toward blackness, and to be deracialized is to be pushed ‘up’ toward whiteness.” This does not mean, of course, that there are only blacks and whites in some anthro- pological sense. it does not mean that political reality with regard to race simply reduces to two positions, two histories, or two struggles. r ather, it says that the vectors of the international racial hierarchy)— with its black and white extremities—can and should be brought to bear on every discussion. —Jared Sexton and Huey Copeland There are two principles that emerge in an antiblack society. They are “be white!” and avoid blackness! —Lewis Gordon I. Introduction

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American Journal of Theology & PhilosophyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Apr 27, 2018

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