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Solarpunk without afrofuturism is just white people with yard gardens,
Sorry not sorry.

@Wewereseeds @LexYeen as a white person with a yard garden, i think an increase in white people with yard gardens is a fairly good idea, as far as it goes, but it do seem like we could go a fair bit further.

@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.

@Wewereseeds @brennen @LexYeen Solarpunk is and must be a sustainable and accessible future for all.

@Wewereseeds

> 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.

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@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.

@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

@Wewereseeds @Efi one place to start is the book Afrofuturism by Ytasha L Womack.

There's also a whole lot of fiction. Check out people/Magazines like:
Fiyah Lit
New World, Old Ways
Phenderson Djeli Clark
Nnedi Okorafor
K. Tempest Bradford
Sofia Samatar
Nk Jemisin
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Rivers Solomon
Nalo Hopkinson

Not all of these are strictly afrofuturist, but many of them are or they build on afrofuturist foundations

@Wewereseeds *white person with yard garden voice* I love afrofuturism, I saw Black Panther three times

@Wewereseeds

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.

@benhamill @Wewereseeds the yard gardens (with or without the "the"), yard gardens, yardgardens

@shoutcacophony @benhamill i feel like their genre would be "shoegaze" even though I still don't know what that means.

@Wewereseeds @benhamill i always thought showgaze was lo-fi, downtempo, sort of psychdelic

@shoutcacophony @Wewereseeds Oh shit. Also they're clearly from Boston. Or… Bahstn. "Hello, Ahstin, Texas! We-ah the Yahd Gahdens!" And all the Texans are like, "What in the hell is a Yod God-in?"

@shoutcacophony @Wewereseeds (I don't know how to spell the Boston "we're" without the IPA, so… yeah).

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