How ‘CP Time’ Is Just One Way To Resist Anti-Capitalist Concepts of Time

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Graciella Ye’Tsunami
September 26, 2023

Pre-enslavement and colonization, our African ancestors had a different understanding of time. Their time was rooted in relationships, connections to land, and spirituality

Throughout Africa, many cultures still base time around community versus capitalist rushing.

Elements of African time can be seen within “Colored People Time.” Once an anti-Black stereotype, we’ve reclaimed CPT to jokingly tease community members who truly be existing in their own time. 

But historically, CPT was a resistance method. Our enslaved ancestors would intentionally work slowly as a way of resisting their enslavers.

Then there’s “Crip Time.” Those with disabilities coined the term, reclaiming the word “crippled.” CT acknowledges that people with disabilities move at different paces than capitalist time demands.

Another “time” to consider is Black Quantum Futurism, which provides a nonlinear understanding of time. Specifically, BQF practitioners believe both past and future impact our present.

Through this nonlinear lens, we’re currently living history AND futures traversing BQF time portals.

Capitalism doesn’t want us to “clock out” but there’s power in knowing we can exist in our own times and still thrive.

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