Journal of Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Scholarship

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What Us?

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McGhee (2021) concludes the introduction to The Sum of Us by declaring that she is “fundamentally a hopeful person, because [she knows] that decisions made the world as it is and that better decisions can change it” (p. xxiii). In this brief response I want to take on two problematic aspects of McGhee’s declaration, her hope and her voluntarism. I use an Afropessimistic lens so that we might, as Frank B. Wilderson III (2020) urges, make some of McGhee’s book “more dangerous to the U.S. and the world” (p. 250).