Black to the Future

A. Black to the Future is an article about the presence or lack thereof of Black writers within the genre of science fiction and why that is. This article discusses the marginalization of science fiction as a genre and the idea that this should connect with black writers as they too are a marginalized sector both racially and within their field. The article also questions the suitability of the genre for discussing real world injustices within the political, social, and economic realms. Similar to most roles in society, science fiction characters are no stranger to stereotyping. The article discusses the box within which white writers often put black characters, causing them to become uniform and lack uniqueness.The article also interviewed black science fiction writers who discussed the characterization of Black people and the inaccuracy of which they can be written due to lack of knowledge and experience.

B. This article contributes to the overall theme of this course in several ways. The first being that this discusses the often dystopian worlds of science fiction as well as the dystopian reality of many Black Americans. The science fiction realm encompasses many different forms of reality and discomfort.From aliens, to Jurassic park, to movies such as King Kong, science fiction allows for an escape from our own world as we know it. Often seen as a space for white people, science fiction isn’t provided as a space for release for the black community. Black Americans live within a dystopian reality almost every day. From worrying about police brutality on a daily basis, to being afraid to take up space for fear of harsh retribution black Americans often have to be wary of their behaviors at all time. Growing up as a Black woman, I am constantly aware of the risks that I take just by venturing out into the world with the realization that the powers that be both local and national government will not protect me. This article also shows the reality of exclusion in our world as we know it.

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