Black Feminism, Futurity, Double-Consciousness, Liberation, Temporality; Environmentalism, Dissemblance, Slow Violence, Veil


African American Studies | Environmental Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Social Justice

Document Type

Critical Essay (Special Topic)




Now more than ever, communities of color are rendered more vulnerable to state violence and unjust policing; and a global pandemic has exacerbated the ways that the marginalized, the poor, and the disabled are devastated more disproportionately into precarious spaces. Thus, this anti-black world isn’t sustainable for us, and futurity has always felt elusive and just out of reach for marginalized bodies. This world-making project seeks to reimagine an alternative world, an otherwise, an elsewhere where life can be breathed back into our bodies, where we can be whole and free. Through an examination of DuBois’ Souls of Black Folk and Butler’s Parable of the Sower, this essay builds on the labor of black feminist scholars and environmentalists—with the hopes of excavating the silences of the past in order to illuminate futurities for bodies that are often pushed to shadows of the margins.