Analysis Of Blackout: John Burris Speaks By Terence Nance

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The moment that black people were forced into slavery they lost their status as humans. As Sun Ra said, “they’re not real and they don’t exist. If they did exist his people [blacks] wouldn 't be seeking equal rights. If they did exist they would have some status among the nations of the world. Black people are myths.” This radical idea gives importance and representation to a race that has forever been a minority. Afrofuturism as a whole, works to “demonstrate a substantive historical presence.” The posthuman, specifically, represents the body and being of black people, since society had denied them status as humans. Posthumanism shows that, while human bodies usually progress in a linear fashion, black bodies exploit science by transcending …show more content…
This black and white film speaks on many levels of posthuman depiction. As the choppy voice-over states, the film focuses on the people who are less than human, “Micheal Brown, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant.” All these men got their lives taken from them due to police brutality and the mentality that exists around African Americans. This mentality is one of the many who label them as less than human, and take their rights away from them. The video has afrofuturist aspects because, as Weheliye says, “technologically mediated human voices were considered nonhuman due to their mechanical embodiment, various cultural mechanisms had to be instantiated in order to reinscribe humanness and presence.” The black men shown behind bars in this video are non human for many reasons. They are detained and lost their rights, for one, but they also a mechanical element to help make them more human, which in fact makes them less human. Posthumans relationship with technology helps to understand its relationship with the human. In regards to the human, posthuman comes before in the sense that it names the embodiment and embeddedness of the human being in not just its biological but also its technological world, and all of which comes before that historically specific thing called “the human.” Technology plays a large role in the Terece Nance video, representing the less than human and more than human. As the mechanical voice-over speaks, images of real police brutality flash across the screen while young black men seem to be feeling its effects. They are thrown on the ground in an effort to show how many people such injustice and brutality

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