The Social Life of Social Death

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“Nothing in afro-pessimism suggests that there is no black (social) life, only that black life is not social life in the universe formed by the codes of state and civil society, of citizen and subject, of nation and culture, of people and place, of history and heritage, of all the things that the colonial society has in common with the colonized, of all that capital has in common with labor–the modern world system. Black life is not lived in the world that the world lives in, but it is lived underground, in outer space” (Jared Sexton, “The Social Life of Social Death,” 28).