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Unformatted text preview: rican Studies Dept., UC Irvine, “The Social Life of Social Death: On Afro-Pessimism and Black Optimism”, InTensions, Vol 5, http://www.yorku.ca/intent/issue5/notefromtheeditor/notefromtheeditor.php, Accessed: 01/22/12, OG) [24] To speak of black social life and black social death, black social life against black social death, black social life as black social death, black social life in black social death—all of this is to find oneself in the midst of an argument that is also a profound agreement, an agreement that takes shape in (between) meconnaissance and (dis)belief. Black optimism is not the negation of the negation that is afro-pessimism, just as black social life does not negate black social death by inhabiting it and vitalizing it. A living death is as much a death as it is a living. Nothing in afropessimism 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 colonial society has in common with the colonized, of all that capital has in common with...
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