Apocalypse Now

Eurocentric Fictions and Afrofuturist Eflections on Nuclear War


Given the violent and genocidal nature of white supremacy (Leonardo 2005) Critical Race Theory has frequently examined the role of apocalyptic events in racial oppression and resistance. These have been fictive, from Du Bois’ ‘The Comet’ (1999, originally published in 1920) which takes the destruction of New York as a liberation from racial oppression to Bell’s (1992) Space Traders where an apocalyptic scenario for African Americans is considered salvation for ‘white folk’, and real, for example in the case of Hurricane Katrina (Ladson-Billings 2006; Marable 2008). In this chapter I consider a, perhaps dated form of apocalypse (nuclear war) through what I call ‘Eurocentric’ fictions contrasting this with Afrofuturist and CRT reinterpretations of nuclear catastrophe.


Nuclear Weapon White People Critical Race Theory Civil Defence White Supremacy 
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  1. 1.University of East LondonUK

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