Mood. About to watch Black Panther again. I think they released it on the web already? Imma see...
Today I'm reviewing the Interrogation scene. Who was that nutball with the vibranium arm (Klausse, Nazi)? Yo! No lie the first time I saw that scene I was done with the movie; just throw the whole movie away. It was too many storylines and all I knew was they took old boy back to Wakanda. The latent Black nationalist in me was like #Nah. But I was there as a guest of H.A.A.B. so I had to sit thru it.... Lol. So y'all, Is Lupita's character royalty? Kinship? Who was she? Something about 'special forces.' Nakia was possibly the most underdeveloped main-supporting character in Black Panther. Nah, actually the African-American? British-American? Girlfriend/comrade that Killmonger sacrificed was the most underdeveloped. She didn't even get a name.. (Yall that serial killer Killmonger was killing up everybody, including his Lady, when she stood between him and his idea of justice.) Her character was the only mildly significant, non-Wakandan women to die so some folks are calling foul. Why the outsider had to die? What they tryna say? And to add insult, the Nazi guy only had one arm... Ive read and watched some really good arguments addressing the movie's treatment of the African-American v African unresolved issues with the tribal wars that fed the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. Killmonger is a symbol of the abandoned child of Wakanda, which is then set-up for the audience to accept him as the symbol of African-Americans as abandoned children too. He's one of us... #Nah. To accept him as a symbol of African-Americans and our feelings as 'abandoned children of Africa' is far too simplistic. While he was placed in Oakland, CA, often credited as the homebase of the Black Panther Party and while he was raised in the United States, he is not an African-American. Does he have rage? The same rage last year's documentary on James Baldwin's "I Am Not Your Nigger" addressed? The same rage we are witnessing as the youth rebel against murders by the hands of racist police agents? The same rage that is not exclusive to African+Americans, as we are witnessing youth uprisings across the globe? Does Killmonger's focus on destroying Wakanda equate to the plight of the African+American? #Nope and #Nah.
(From what Ive gathered from comicbook heads, the movie is not the same as the comics. Much of the original story is changed, including background information. In the comicbook, Killmonger is Native Wakandan and ends up in the US after Klause kills his father. )
1. Killmonger is Wakandan. His father is the king's bother. He has the lip tattoo and meets the qualifications to battle for the throne. We can assume he is half-American (anybody seen his mom?), but ultimately he is Wakanda royalty. He is moreso a symbol of those born in America but mixed with one of the many African nationalities. He is actually closer to those with dual-citizenship because he has both the US and Wakanda to call 'home.' While many African+Americans claim the entire continent as our point-of-origin, most of us do not have a country which to return....
2. He was CIA special forces. Thats about .01% of Black men.
"He's not Wakandan, he's one of ours." - CIA Agent Ross... like Betsy Ross, not Diana.
3. African-American's issues surrounding this 'Black" experience and "Black Rage" covers the panorama of mental-spiritual-physical illness linked with Post Traumatic Slave Disorder*, institutional racisms such as home and business loan discrimination, political zoning and gentrifying communities, disenfranchisement, segregated school districts and disproportionate funding, higher rates of suicide and misdiagnosis of illnesses just to name a few.... Us returning to Africa... to Wakanda only to then deal with their wall of labeling us as "outsiders" is nowhere near a viable solution. Especially when Africa is losing (Ahem! Selling.. political corruption...) their own fight against corportations coming in and stealing their vibranium... I mean natural resources.
Did I read too much into the movie? Well, if it wasnt there, perhaps. However all of this was skillfully stitched into the scenes and between the lines of Black Panther. The hardest part of knowing is knowing. So whereas some get to enjoy this movie and take their sleeping pills and continue with life as usual, those of us that hold the pill under our tongues until we can spit it out.... those of immune to the pills and so must wear the masks... we see this movie and realize we are being insulted. To put it more plainly, "This is a test." And until I decide to retire to the mountains like #JabariClanBae, then I will share. Take the best parts.
OTR, This post was actually to be about Wakanda. I wanted to place Wakanda in North America then paint it Black as we traveled back in time to the Mississippi River nations. However there is much information on the web already shared on this point. Instead my question is Why? Why point us in the direction of indigenous America? Why refer to a Native American God in this movie? As I contemplated this 'egg' in Marvel's Black Panther 'Easter Egg' hunt... (Hey Ishtar!) I fell into another rabbit hole and lookie, lookie:
What does this mean? Levels.