“Blackness” and “resistance”: two words that often defy what is commonly understood about their conditions, meanings, terms, and articulations. Alone or together, these terms raise a host of questions about the value and limits of their representation, practice, and the traditions that subtend them. At the time of collating this special issue in 2020, what many observed as a “racial reckoning” took place in the U.S., in the form of protests against racialized state-sanctioned violence and black death at the hands of law enforce¬ment. However, as the contributors of this special issue attest to in different ways, the precarity of black life has always and continues to pose a complex historico-political and psychical question concomitant to the gratuity of antiblackness—the long-standing his¬tory and disavowal of antiblackness that prefigure the symbolic semblances of civil soci¬ety, the nation state, art and culture, law, and politics, in the United States and globally.