This response essay addresses anti-Blackness and other fears of Black consciousness through discussing analyses and critiques of the author’s Fear of Black Consciousness (2022) offered by Nathalie Etoke, Terrence L. Johnson, and André Brock. Concepts under discussion include bad faith, b/Black consciousness, the blues and hip-hop, bridging the aesthetic and the ethical, colonization, decolonization, double-consciousness, embodied consciousness, epistemic closure, freedom, historical erasure, joy, language, liberalism, Negritude, neoliberalism, oppression, political life, and power.

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