Solarpunk without afrofuturism is just white people with yard gardens,
Sorry not sorry.
@Wewereseeds Why are you apologizing? You're right.
@LexYeen because i am, at the core of my being, a pleaser
@brennen @LexYeen Yard gardens are now mainstream enough that everyone has one. Apocolypse preppers (notably fascistic in nature) have been in the permaculture circles since forever. Yard gardens isn't praxis unless it is one part of a whole attempt to make a more sustainable and anticapitalist future. White people's yard gardens does not a revolution make.
And solarpunk must be revolutionary, or it's just another shiny fad that will be easily appropriated.
> White people's yard gardens does not a revolution make.
yeah, of this i have no doubt. i do not mean to quibble with your original point.
with that said, and purely as an aside, in the US it seems like gardening is up a tick recently, but it still seems evident that the majority of people who could grow some of their own food don't, and a lot of ground & water sure is spent on pointless grass. a revolution it ain't, but more people growing stuff probably wouldn't hurt.
@brennen i mean, yeah, i'm not shitting on yard gardens i am white and i have a yard garden. this is about the whitewashing and subsequent ineffectiveness of the solarpunk movement. White people with yard gardens are doing like the bare minimum for ecology, and they can be just as racist and xenophobic as the next white household. That's rhe point of the post.
@Wewereseeds yeah fair 'nuff.
@Wewereseeds how does afrofuturism look like?
@Efi I'm white, so I'd suggest you google afrofuturism, and read the wikipedia and check out the art that's all over the internet. Me giving a brief summary of its aesthetic will not do it justice, because I'm only kinda familiar with the movement myself.
@Wewereseeds I may have confused that avatar with an african flag because I'm very tired
who would I follow here to find more about it?
@Efi yeah, I was afraid of that correllation.
I mean, there are a lot of POC on this platform that are casually afrofuturistic without ascribing to the label, but as for someone on mastodon that you should follow just for afrofuturism? I couldn't tell ya. There's more general solarpunk/afrofuturism on tumblr though, if you're on there.
@Wewereseeds that accursed site? why would I
@Efi well, sorry, all we can do is search the tags and see if any new accounts pop up. In the meantime, there troves of books that are afrofuturistic, both fiction and nonfiction
There's also a whole lot of fiction. Check out people/Magazines like:
New World, Old Ways
Phenderson Djeli Clark
K. Tempest Bradford
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Not all of these are strictly afrofuturist, but many of them are or they build on afrofuturist foundations
@bedap @Wewereseeds @Efi strongly recommend this recording from his 1971 uc berkeley class, "the black man in the cosmos" https://ubusound.memoryoftheworld.org/ra_sun/Ra-Sun_Berkeley-Lecture_1971.mp3
@bedap just gonna screenshot this list for future reading
@Wewereseeds *white person with yard garden voice* I love afrofuturism, I saw Black Panther three times
@robotcarsley i remain extremely called out by this
@Wewereseeds oh, I'm not at all exempting myself
It depends on where you are.
Solarpunk in the states without any First Nations is just as fascistic. It needs to have representation of all the people living in that place - and conform aesthetically to the nature and history of it.
@Wewereseeds "White People With Yard Gardens" sounds like a band name.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.