T. Geronimo Johnson
Afro-futurism; the rise of global AI; the economic imperatives that champion cultural differences; corporate religion; and tech inequity converge in my new project entitled Pilot of the Great Machine. I’m writing against what Toni Morrison calls the manipulation of Africanist narrative … as a means of meditation.” I’m writing against the expectation that black characters jump through a cathartic dog-and-pony show of enlightenment, thus serving as the nation’s moral consciousness by exemplifying unrequited Christian ideals of forgiveness and reassuring audiences of America’s eternal benevolence. I’m writing against the Horatio Alger myth, against the fallacious paradigm that accuses the poor of being lazy, and against the strained optimism of the (neo) slave narrative and its artificial inosculation of literacy and liberty. I write for the ones who didn’t get away.