Wakanda Forever? The Case for Erik Killmonger

A screenshot of a scene from Black Panther. Courtesy of Marvel and ArtNet.com.

A list of shit I don’t trust about the movie, Black Panther:

  • The intent supporting the portrayal of tension that exists between African and African American communities on a broad scale.
  • The intent supporting the depiction of the sole African American character of the movie.
  • The intent supporting the portrayal of Erik’s anger and violence without a truthful representation of it source ( There is a scene in which T’Challa states that Erik is a “monster” that his father or Wakanda created. The subliminal message attached to that scene is laughable.)
  • The intent supporting the portrayal of Erik’s death and the manner by which he died.
  • The intent supporting the portrayal of Erik’s death which also served as a representation of the end of his thoughts and ideas. ( His thoughts and ideas were to equip people of color and oppressed peoples across the world with weapons and resources to fight against systemic oppression. Specifically, his goal was to use those resources to attack current systems of power that are keeping those peoples oppressed. Erik challenged T’Challa’s selfish retention of funds. He planned to redistribute African resources to not only African Americans but all oppressed peoples.)

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Kisha S.

Kisha S.

Writer by night. Idealistic nonprofit worker by day. |Email~ kishawrites@gmail.com |

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