“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 09: Wakanda Is Not A Place…]

Wakanda is fictional, but according to the media, so am I.

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There were several layers involved in creating what became the final form of the film “Black Panther”.

The Black Panther comic book character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby in 1966, a scant two years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964The bill was called for by President John F. Kennedy in his Report to the American People on Civil Rights of June 11, 1963,[7] in which he asked for legislation “giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments”, as well as “greater protection for the right to vote”.

As we all know, reality lags behind legislation, so Black Panther was created while blacks (as opposed to Africans, and who were “Colored” at the time, before the changeover to black) were blatantly being disrespected as part of the status quo of the USA.

This is the first layer. Whatever Lee & Kirby were thinking when they created the character, I have no idea.

I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that just like Star Trek, which was produced between 1966 and 1969, their goal was to show diversity in their artistic depiction of the world.

Regardless of their intent, many blacks appreciated, read, and collected Black Panther comic books and enjoyed the adventures of a superhero who “looked like them”.

The core elements of the film that people are bitching about in 2018 were created in 1966.

Vibranium, technological advancement, hiding from the world, involvement with the CIA.. NONE OF THAT was created in the mind of the filmmakers. They were already a part of this 52-year-old story.

So you have to look at that through the lens of what was going on at the time and what was known at the time.

The next layer is that someone had to write a screenplay, and that script deviated in significant ways from the original story in the comic book.

The main deviation was what I’ve already discussed, which is that in the original story, N’Jadaka (who becomes Killmonger) was a full Wakandan and was exiled with the rest of his family to the USA, but in the film, his father was sent as a spy (for who knows what reason) to the USA and had a kid with an American woman who we never see hide nor hair of in the film.

This is an important deviation.

“Black Panther” is about an African man, not a black man.

Killmonger is African in the comic book, yet he’s black (half-black actually, like President Obama) in the film.

Therefore, the film version’s final conflict is between the African hero and the black villain.

The original Killmonger had nothing to do with blacks at all.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Killmonger

Erik Killmonger is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Don McGregor and Rich Buckler, the character first appeared in Jungle Action vol. 2, #6 (Sept. 1973). Killmonger, whose birth name is N’Jadaka, is the nemesis of Black Panther.

Michael B. Jordan portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe 2018 film Black Panther.

A native of Wakanda, he was born under the name N’Jadaka. When Ulysses Klaue and his mercenaries attacked Wakanda, they press-ganged N’Jadaka’s father into helping them; when Klaue was defeated, his father died and his family was exiled. N’Jadaka ended up in Harlem, New York, nursing a hatred against the supervillain and T’Challa, the king who’d exiled him. He changed his name to Erik Killmonger and studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, desperate to avenge his father’s death.[volume & issue needed]

He eventually contacted King T’Challa and was repatriated back to Wakanda, settling in a village that would later change its name to N’Jadaka Village in his honour. He became a subversive, with dreams of ridding Wakanda of what he termed “white colonialist” cultural influences and return it entirely to its ancient ways.[volume & issue needed] He then took advantage of the Black Panther’s frequent absences in America with the Avengers to stage a coup d’état, along with Baron Macabre.[volume & issue needed] He was defeated and killed,[1] until the Mandarin claimed his body.[2]

So the comic book Killmonger was minding **HIS** business, which was how WAKANDA was being run.

The film Killmonger arrived in Wakanda with an entirely different set of issues as he was concerned with the quality of life of two billion people all around the world.

In 1973 when Killmonger was created for the comics, blacks were concerned with “Black is Beautiful” and “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud!”

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_is_beautiful

Black is beautiful is a cultural movement that was started in the US in the 1960s by African Americans. It later spread beyond the United States, most prominently in the writings of the Black Consciousness Movement of Steve Biko in South Africa.

It aims to dispel the notion in many cultures that black people’s natural features such as skin color, facial features and hair are inherently ugly.[1] John Rock was long thought to be the first to coin the phrase “black is beautiful” — during a speech in 1858—but historical records indicate he never actually used the specific phrase on that day.[2] The movement also encouraged men and women to stop trying to eliminate African-identified traits by straightening their hair and attempting to lighten or bleach their skin.[3]

This movement began in an effort to counteract the prevailing idea in American culture that features typical of Blacks were less attractive or desirable than those of Whites. Research indicates that the idea of blackness being ugly is highly damaging to the psyche of African Americans, manifesting itself as internalized racism.[4] This idea made its way into black communities themselves[5] and led to practices such as paper bag parties: social events which discriminated against dark-skinned African-Americans by only admitting lighter-skinned individuals.

(To be consistent, there weren’t any African Americans in 1960. They were blacks. Prior to that, they were Colored and prior to that they were Negroes and prior to that they were Africans. I quoted the article as-is.)

Simultaneously, there was the Black Panther Party:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_Party

The Black Panther Party or the BPP (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was a revolutionary socialist organization founded by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in October 1966.[1][2] The party was active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, with international chapters operating in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s,[3] and in Algeria from 1969 until 1972.[4]

At its inception on October 15,[5] 1966, the Black Panther Party’s core practice was its armed citizens’ patrols to monitor the behavior of officers of the Oakland Police Department and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California. In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members.[6] The Black Panther Party instituted a variety of community social programs, most extensively the Free Breakfast for Children Programs, and community health clinics to address issues like food injustice.[7][8][9] The party enrolled the largest number of members and made the greatest impact in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Philadelphia.[10]

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover called the party “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country”,[11][12][13] and he supervised an extensive counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) of surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment, and many other tactics designed to undermine Panther leadership, incriminate party members, discredit and criminalize the Party, and drain the organization of resources and manpower. The program was also accused of assassinating Black Panther members.[14][15][16][17]

So you can see why some viewers had a problem with T’Challa teaming up with the CIA in this film.

In fact, in an attempt to not be associated with the Black Panther Party, Black Panther’s name in the comic book was temporarily changed to Black Leopard…..

cbr.com/black-panther-black-leopard-renamed/

This is relevant because the film version of N’Jadaka (Killmonger) is seen as a black revolutionary, which is more in-line with the BPP than T’Challa is.

In the comic book version, none of this was relevant because both N’Jadaka and T’Challa were Africans.

Subdivisions

Ultimately, the film version of “Black Panther” asks you what your personal responsibility is to take care of other people.

If you’re dirt poor and a meteorite of Vibranium lands in your territory, what responsibility do you have to share your newfound prosperity?

Or, if you can’t wrap your mind around that.. If you’re dirt poor and find gold in them thar hills in America, what responsibility do you have to share your newfound prosperity? o_O

Do you share it with your wife?

Do you share it with your girlfriend?

Do you share it with your kids?

Do you share it with your parents?

Do you share it with your immediate family?

Do you share it with your extended family?

Do you share it with your tribe?

Do you share it with your nation?

Do you share it with your country?

Do you share it with your continent?

Do you share it with the world?

Where is the line drawn as far as the people you’re willing to take care of on your dime?

Alliances

Wakandans fought amongst themselves for control of Vibranium.

Once that dust settled, they utilized Vibranium for the good of Wakandans, and everyone else in the world could kick rocks. (Meaning they were **** out of luck.)

Even though they had developed the technology which would have enabled them to vanquish “Colonizers”, they did absolutely nothing while the rest of Africa suffered.

In fact, they utilized their technology to hide in plain sight, avoiding wars that they easily would have won if they had fought them, which is one of the odd elements of this script.

If Ross hadn’t been able to Top Gun the planes carrying Wakandan weapons to the War Dogs stationed as spies all over the world, “Colonizers” would have been easily murdered, and the two billion people suffering because of them would either have been liberated, vindicated, or both.

This means that if T’Challa had decided at any point in time to make anything better for downtrodden people all over the world, he could have done that with a single command.

However, T’Challa didn’t give a flying **** because anybody who isn’t Wakandan is “them” and not “us”.

In fact, T’Challa’s father KILLS. HIS. OWN. BROTHER. in the beginning of the movie because of his brother’s plan to arm oppressed people with Wakandan weaponry.

So it isn’t just “I don’t give a damn about your suffering”. It’s “I’ll kill anybody who attempts to emancipate you from your situation, including my own brother, a full Wakandan”.

Therefore, in a way, Wakanda was actively participating in worldwide oppression.

Meanwhile, Captain America’s shield is made of Vibranium:

1063thebuzz.com/how-much-does-captain-americas-shield-cost-video/

The shield is made out of vibranium, a fictional metal that exists only in the comic books and originates from the African nation, Wakanda. According to issue 607 of Fantastic Four, Reed Richards reveals that vibranium costs $10,000 per gram and, according to the Marvel online database, the superhero’s shield weighs 12 pounds. That comes out to a staggering $54,431,100.

So we can assume that T’Challa’s father, or whoever was the king of Wakanda at the time, was paid $54 million by whoever was responsible for kitting out Cap.

According to http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Captain_America%27s_Shield, the shield was presented to Captain America by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, obviously of the United States of America.

Therefore, you can assume that Wakanda has a working relationship with the USA, which would explain Black Panther’s relationship with CIA operative Ross, and why it was imperative in the film for T’Challa to prevent N’Jadaka from upsetting the worldwide status quo of oppression which Wakanda was either passively or actively supporting.

The Talented Tenth

Of course we don’t have to ASSUME Wakanda is working with the USA, as Bucky Barnes shows up in the post-credit easter egg:

So T’Challa’s alliance is with Cap & Bucky as opposed to the impoverished areas that surround Wakanda.

T’Challa’s alliance DEFINITELY has nothing to do with two billion oppressed people scattered all over the globe. (And neither did the alliance of the comic book version of Killmonger.)

This again speaks to personal responsibility.

Who is it that you feel similar to? Who is it that you want to align yourself with?

How can you have so much prosperity in Wakanda and you don’t give a damn that people are impoverished all around you?

Somehow, (and I’ll have to watch the film again so I can experience exactly where this became clear to me, but) before N’Jadaka’s father was dead, I was aware that this film was speaking to prosperous people.

Although this film is portraying an entirely African situation…

That’s another thing. There are only a handful of blacks in this film.

Not meaning the actors, meaning the characters.

The “aliens” that show up in the beginning are Africans.

The king’s brother was an African pretending to be a black American.

Young Forest Whitaker was an African pretending to be a black American who was spying on the king’s brother.

When the spaceship takes off, there are black kids in the playground. You see black kids again at the end of the film when T’Challa is explaining the outreach initiative to Shuri.

Black BOYS, mind you. The only black woman in the film is N’Jadaka’s girlfriend who he kills in the process of killing Klaue.

Angela Bassett is African, Shuri is African, Okoye is African, Nakia is African, M’Baku is African, the dude with the plate in his lip is African.

N’Jadaka is half-African.

So there are almost zero blacks in this film at all.

The only black person who does anything relevant in this film is N’Jadaka, and he’s half-Wakandan.

So although this film is portraying an entirely African situation, it’s speaking to the experiences and decision-making of the black Talented Tenth:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Talented_Tenth

The phrase “talented tenth” originated in 1896 among Northern white liberals, specifically the American Baptist Home Mission Society, a Christian missionary society strongly supported by John D. Rockefeller. They had the goal of establishing black colleges in the South to train black teachers and elites.
Du Bois used the term “the talented tenth” to describe the likelihood of one in ten black men becoming leaders of their race in the world, through methods such as continuing their education, writing books, or becoming directly involved in social change. He strongly believed that blacks needed a classical education to be able to reach their full potential, rather than the industrial education promoted by the Atlanta compromise, endorsed by Booker T. Washington and some white philanthropists. He saw classical education as the basis for what, in the 20th century, would be known as public intellectuals:

Du Bois writes in his Talented Tenth essay that:

“The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education, then, among Negroes must first of all deal with the Talented Tenth; it is the problem of developing the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the Worst, in their own and other races.”

You can read the entire essay here if you’re interested: teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/the-talented-tenth/

Divergence

As I mentioned in “Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 02: Blacks & Africans], my family is documented in the 1870 Census, 148 years ago, and I’m at least 5th generation American.

The concept of The Talented Tenth essentially involves eugenics.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics_in_the_United_States#Early_proponents

Eugenics was also supported by African Americans intellectuals such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Thomas Wyatt Turner, and many academics at Tuskegee University, Howard University, and Hampton University; however, they believed the best blacks were as good as the best whites and “The Talented Tenth” of all races should mix.[13] W. E. B. Du Bois believed “only fit blacks should procreate to eradicate the race’s heritage of moral iniquity.”[13][14]

The American eugenics movement received extensive funding from various corporate foundations including the Carnegie Institution, Rockefeller Foundation, and the Harriman railroad fortune.[7] In 1906 J.H. Kellogg provided funding to help found the Race Betterment Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.[11]

In case all that highfalutin language has you confused, it’s essentially socially engineering natural selection.

It’s saying that if you can get the best 10% of your people to have kids with each other, eventually you can overcome the shortcomings of the other 90%.

In other words, the way to create “Wakanda” is to make a clear delineation between “them” and “us”, intraracially.

This is a serious point of contention IRL (in real life), but it answers the question of how the film version of Wakanda can be so prosperous and not give a damn that the surrounding areas of Africa are impoverished.

It just plain isn’t our problem. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If you’ve already written off the worst 90% of your population and you’ve gathered your best 10% to commingle, you create, via eugenics, superheroes.

When you do this, you also create Survivorship Bias

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivorship_bias

Survivorship bias or survival bias is the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that made it past some selection process and overlooking those that did not, typically because of their lack of visibility. This can lead to false conclusions in several different ways. It is a form of selection bias.

For example, I attended HCES for elementary school and JHS.

businessinsider.com/hunter-elementary-school-is-insanely-hard-to-get-into-2015-6

I attended Bronx Science for high school and MIT for college. alum.MIT.edu/www/BillCammack

Those are all elite schools, so regardless of where someone’s parents, grandparents, or great grandparents came from, Armenia, Greece, Japan, Puerto Rico, Germany, Africa, USA.. we all had a common culture, common education (to each other), and common life experiences (with each other), so we all got along perfectly well.

The reasons why we wouldn’t have gotten along would have been because we had particular problems with each other as individuals, which is exactly why people should have conflict.

The lowest-status kid I would run into during my day was still an elite because that’s the only way you would have been in a school with me, which is why I bring up Survivorship Bias. People I didn’t go to school with or who weren’t my friends from home simply didn’t exist. It wasn’t that I was actively trying to ignore them, 😀 I just never saw them and they made no difference whatsoever in my life.

I wouldn’t have known what it’s like to not be an elite because I always was one, and so were my parents, and so were their parents.

I didn’t have any choice but to be successful because my parents were successful, my grandparents were successful, my aunts and uncles were and are successful, my cousins were and are successful…..

There was never a question of whether I was going to excel.

The only question was what I *WANTED* to do.

The point being that although I may have been generally aware that there were black Americans or Africans or white Appalachians or whoever that weren’t prospering in life because maybe I saw it in a movie or on television, that was never my problem. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I don’t mean actively, haughtily “not my problem”. I mean that due to Survivorship Bias, it just never registered to me as anything more than some people win in life and some people lose.

This is why I have to see the film again so I can figure out exactly where I figured out what they were talking about. 😀

At some point very early on in the film, perhaps during the opening sequence, I thought “How are you going to have an African kingdom that’s so prosperous surrounded by impoverished areas?” and then I was like YIKES!!! :O What’s the most recent thing ***YOU’VE*** done for ANYONE impoverished? o_O

Heroes

Wakanda is not a place. It’s a type of person.

Wakanda is fictional, but so am I.

According to the media you are presented, I don’t exist.

My family has had African and European genes for at least the past 150 years, and has lived in the United States of America for at least the past 150 years and you want to talk to me about “white” and “black” as if they exist.

I’ve attended and graduated schools from kindergarten all the way through college that most people on the planet wouldn’t ever have been accepted into.

My parents did not divorce, and they raised my sister and myself together.

I run my own business and work when I feel like it.

I graduated college as a computer programmer and I’m an Emmy Award-Winning video editor.

I don’t say this stuff to brag, but to point out that according to the media, I’m supposed to be entirely unaccomplished in life because my skin is brown.

Therefore, when you look at me, you don’t see me.

hmm… 😀 What does that sound like?… The Wakandan Cloaking Device.

Except I’m not doing it to you. You’re doing it to yourself.

I’m not hiding myself from you, you’re hiding me from you.

I’ve already admitted that I’ve done approximately NOTHING to help anyone oppressed that isn’t “My People”.

My People includes my family, extended family, and close friends.

I utilize all types of technology every day that the masses have no access to.

I provide food, shelter & security to nobody except My People.

To my credit, hahaha 😀 I provide education to anyone who’s willing to take the time to watch my videos.

Tutorial: Mixing A Song To Sync With Video / Film from Bill Cammack on Vimeo.

Then again, this doesn’t differentiate me from the Wakandan outreach program to Oakland at the end of the film. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

My business alliances have nothing to do with where someone’s great grandparents lived.

If I can offer Value For Money and someone has the budget to hire me, we’ll do that work.

My focus is not on 2 billion downtrodden people.

Again, I don’t say this to be haughty but to state a fact.

My marching orders were and are to excel as an individual.

I’ll do my best to catalyze self-improvement for My People, but other than that, I just plain never think about whether anyone else on the planet is prospering or having a good time in life.

“Black Panther” asks the question “Is this the way to go? o_O”

What is your responsibility to others once you have YOUR life working the way you want it?

This is what I was thinking about for the vast majority of watching this film.

Being born to elite parents under elite circumstances is the exact same thing as a meteorite of Vibranium landing in your territory.

I take no credit for this as you can’t select your parents. It’s the accident of birth.

My mother was an educator, as was my grandmother.

I received 5 years of education ***BEFORE** I set foot in kindergarten, so school was always easy for me.

My mother took maternity leave, which meant that instead of her educating dozens of children, I received all of her attention and education all day every day.

I am the beneficiary of the lifestyle my parents set up for me. Vibranium.

Yes, I had to excel on my own throughout my education and my work career, but I’m clear that the foundation of my success was **entirely** due to my genetic makeup and how my parents raised me before I had any choices about what I was going to do with my life.

My parents gave me advantages that most people in the world will never experience.

So… People don’t believe you exist. You can do things people don’t believe you can do. People can’t see you even when you’re standing right in front of them because they’re blinded by preconceptions. You have alliances with movers & shakers because you exude quality socially and in your business interactions. You aren’t concerned with the plight of the masses. The film adaptation of “Black Panther” is talking about the eugenically-created superheroes, The Talented Tenth.

In the comic book version, Killmonger is a member of that society.

In the film version, he is not.

Phoenix Rising

The film version of N’Jadaka is deprived of **EVERYTHING**.

Heritage, Status, Intergenerational Wealth, Knowledge of Self, Personal Security, Culture, Customs, Birthright, Nurturing, Relationships, Recognition…

He knows that Wakanda exists because his father told him about it.

He knows that there are Africans who are living a lovely life who not only killed his father but also left him stranded in an American slum.

In the comic book, N’Jadaka is part of the top 10% who is exiled and eventually repatriated into the top 10%.

In the film, N’Jadaka is AWARE OF the top 10% but has been relegated to living with the bottom 90%.

Also, we have to assume that N’Jadaka’s mother who we never see was part of that bottom 90%.

In the comic book, Killmonger is a rabble-rouser. He’s fighting for what he wants the top 10% to do.

In the film, Killmonger is the hero of the masses. He’s fighting for a better life for the bottom 90%.

Revisiting Wakandan invisibility, 😀 .. This page isn’t well-written, but it makes the point I wanted to share:

justine1964publishing.com/black-wealth

The top 500 wealthiest Blacks own 50% of the ethnic wealth, $40.5B equivalent to the net worth of 20 million overall Blacks.

(Capitalization theirs. Neither white nor black is capitalized in text because neither exists.)

It’s extremely tough to find a good article about intraracial disparity because ALLLLLLL the studies want to compare “blacks” to “whites” and they refuse to compare blacks to blacks.

The short version of the story is that whatever slight amount of American wealth is reportedly controlled by blacks, **MOST** of that wealth is controlled by a small percentage of the black population.

According to that chart, 500 black people have the purchasing power of 20 million black people **WITHIN** the community.

However, you wouldn’t know that because the only media you’re exposed to publicizes the lowest-status members of the black community while simultaneously camouflaging black excellence like a Wakandan cloaking device.

This is why even a lot of blacks will tell you to this day that they think “The Cosby Show” was a fantasy, while “Good Times” showed the reality of the entirety of black life.

“The Cosby Show” is about a doctor married to a lawyer. Why would their lives be any different from what was depicted in the show? Were they supposed to live in the projects with JJ?

By the way.. “Good Times” first aired in 1974, one year after the comic book Killmonger character was created.

So film-version Killmonger is the champion of the 90%

Obviously, the rest of the world compared to Wakanda is way more than 90%, but you see what I’m saying here.

Killmonger hates the 10% because they killed his father AND because they stranded him in the slums AND because they aren’t doing anything to help the 90%, of which his unseen-in-the-film mother was one.

This is one of the reasons why they needed to make N’Jadaka half-American for the film… He represents the resentment that a lot of people feel about what they were deprived of when they were removed from their native land.

Also, for many people, N’Jadaka represents the anger they’ve focused against the Africans who sold Africans into the slave trade in the first place.

His disdain for Wakanda also represents the resentment that a lot of the 90% feel towards the 10% who are living well and haven’t done anything to help them, just like how Wakanda was surrounded by impoverished lands and refused to utilize their advanced technology to improve those people’s living conditions.

If Killmonger wins, “Colonizers” are destroyed, but so is Wakanda.

This is commonly referred to as “crabs in a barrel”.. The concept that if I can’t do well, I don’t want you to do well either.

The decision to cheer for T’Challa or N’Jadaka therefore comes down to whether you’d like to see a WIN for 2 billion oppressed people around the world, or a win for Wakanda.

Inspiration & Introspection

I think “Black Panther” was very well done, other than the plot slowing down at points and some of the graphics not being fantastic, but the overall experience was immersive, fasincating, fun, entertaining, and thought-provoking, so kudos to everyone involved! 😀

The scriptwriting was a little tricky, probably because they were attempting to modernize a 52-year-old story.

Apartheid was in full effect in 1966 when “Black Panther” was written.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartheid

Apartheid (South African English pronunciation: /əˈpɑːrteɪd/; Afrikaans: [aˈpartɦəit], it. “separateness”) was a system of institutionalised racial segregation and discrimination that existed in South Africa between 1948 and 1991.[1] It was based on white supremacy and the repression of the black (African, Coloured and Indian) majority of the population for the benefit of the politically and economically dominant group, Afrikaners, and other Whites.

Broadly speaking, apartheid was delineated into petty apartheid, which entailed the segregation of public facilities and social events, and grand apartheid, which dictated housing and employment opportunities by race.[2]

So again, credit to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for creating the Black Panther character while that was happening in Africa and looked like it was never going to end.

You know what? I went and told The Stet, and The Stet said

Also credit to film director & screenwriter Ryan Coogler for the changes he made to the original story and characters to make “Black Panther” the film it is.

I think this film will be inspirational to a lot of people, regardless of what they feel they got from it as far as messaging.

I think people will be inspired to become filmmakers, inspired to become storytellers, inspired to become actors, inspired to learn to work with or create technology, inspired to teach others, inspired to become graphic artists, inspired to become wardrobe designers, inspired to investigate their heritage, inspired to lead their friends in the right direction, inspired to work out, inspired to help the downtrodden, inspired to respect women more, inspired to respect themselves more…

Obviously I was inspired to write 9 blog posts about it. 😛

I wanted to write this series because there were so many elements in “Black Panther” that I’m sure people missed because they aren’t a part of this culture.

If I had to choose a character from this film to represent me, I wouldn’t be able to select one. 😀

Even though Killmonger went to my college, I’m not upset like him, I don’t need revenge for anything, I’m not interested in taking over anybody’s kingdom, I’m not thinking about billions of downtrodden people, I’ve never been in the armed forces, and I have more than one ancestor in the spirit plane.

T’Challa was a chump. 😀 haha I can’t possibly go out like that. If I could lose everything because of a fistfight, most of my waking hours would be devoted to working out and fighting, just in case anyone was stupid enough to try me.

M’Baku wasn’t cerebral enough to be me.

Get Out didn’t play much of a part in the film.

Forest Whitaker was really there to add a recognizable, revered actor to the pitch.

Ross was clearly a token. Even in situations where people THOUGHT I was a token, I demonstrated value and they quickly learned that I was there because of ability and not charity.

Klaue was a creep.

N’Jadaka’s father was off the reservation. If you’re going to be a part of a system, you have to respect the hierarchy. You have to follow the rules of your superior(s). If Wakanda isn’t interested in helping the 2 billion downtrodden, that’s the game you’re playing so play your position. You don’t get to decide that you’re going to do something different behind your superior’s back.. Even if your superior is your brother. If you present the right direction for the team to go in, they won’t be able to refute your concept, and the team will do what you suggested. If you can’t convince them, fall TF back.

The dude with a plate in his lip had a plate in his lip. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The closest I can guess is a non-chump version of T’Challa. 😀

Helmut Zemo would have died where he was sitting.

I wouldn’t have had ANY fistfights-for-control with anybody who couldn’t explain to me how they would be a great diplomat for Wakanda and potentially better than me.

If Nakia would have kept frontin’, she could have kicked rocks.

I would have told Killmonger I’m glad that he’s back, but he won’t be running jack **** around here because he wasn’t infused with the culture of Wakanda. I would have apologized about what happened with his father as well as expressing my personal embarrassment about how family treated family.

I would have offered some kind of benefit to the territories adjacent to Wakanda other than NOTHING.

Klaue wouldn’t have made it to the police station alive.

I can identify, however, with the overall situation, and I think the final version of the film will spark conversation for quite some time.

What responsibility do we have to take care of other people?

That’s for you to decide… Assuming you can take care of yourself.

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