Then & Now

What is Afropessimism? A Conversation with Frank Wilderson

October 18, 2021 Episode 4
Then & Now
What is Afropessimism? A Conversation with Frank Wilderson
Show Notes

This episode of Then & Now  features a conversation with Frank B. Wilderson III, Chancellor's Professor of African American Studies at UC Irvine and author of the book Afropessimism. The conversation tracks his extraordinary life journey from youthful radical activism in Minnesota to a career as a stockbroker to participation in subversive activity for the African National Congress in South Africa. It also focuses on Wilderson's stark and unsparing philosophical stance of Afropessimism, which rests on the belief in a racism so deep that it divides the world between Humans and Blacks.