Libertie Discussion (2)

As Libertie’s mama and the women of their town plan for the hospital, Libertie thinks: 

How strange it was to sit around them, at their feet or in the corner, and hear them shout, these same women who all week long told me and the other colored girls in town to speak softly, to keep our heads down and our backs straight, to train our eyes to overlook the insults the world outside of town heaped at our feet. Those women told girls like me to ignore the present-day horrors around us, to look only toward the future, toward another place that did not exist yet. 

But here, in the room, I could imagine that I was already there. (88)

Why do you think the older women tried to dissuade the younger girls from getting too invested in the present? Based on our reading and discussion of Black Futures, how does imagining a future that doesn’t yet exist help in coping with an imperfect or oppressive present? Is there a way to truly separate the two? How does Libertie’s vision of the future, or lack thereof, inform her choices?