The internet was surprisingly enjoyable this week. MacArthur geniuses and Nobel laureates were announced. Highlights: Black Futures, the problem with stanning, Latria Graham, the importance of learning land, being trapped by words, you might be the asshole, the case for abolition, plans to kidnap Michigan’s governor, the vice presidential debate, and Claudia Conway’s TikTok account.
I feel like Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have been talking about their book, Black Futures, for YEARS and it will finally be here in December. This piece and the images that follow the text are adapted from Black Futures, which attempts to document Black culture, and hopefully encourages its readers to do the same, and stresses the importance of preserving Black visual culture. “Right now, many of us are actively engaged with dismantling the history of the past, exposing it as wrong, perverted,” the pair write. “This summer, we watched as people toppled racist monuments into rivers, renamed streets, unearthed pasts that we were told did not matter. The familiar is being made strange and shown to be ripe for revision.” For this revision to take place it is necessary “to sharpen our visual literacy as we do the work of looking back to better understand where we are headed.”