Like many other people of color, I was excited about Black Panther. It's the first super-hero movie from Marvel with a predominately black cast, writers, staff, and the director is black. Black excellence runs rampant in the creation of this film alone. Many were excited to see a black superhero in a position of power, upliftment, and advancement. It's something that we discuss so often in the black community. As we got closer to the premiere, I started to witness more and more hate towards the film and I asked myself, "why?".
Of course, you had your racist trolls who went out of their way to try to make black people seem more violent and to further push the stereotype that black people are violent and angry, but you also have black people, on social media, dissing and degrading the movie as well. Many black men and women are using the film to accuse people of being fake deep and only pro-black because it's trendy. It's ironic to me because that's how a lot of you act, even before the announcement of the film. On top of that, a lot of you don't have valid reasons to hate the film, you're just bashing the film because someone else is bashing it...sounds pretty trendy within itself, don't you think? A lot of the reasons behind some African-Americans dissing the film and shaming those enjoying it has been divisive, distasteful, and outright ridiculous. The reasons behind the dismay for the film are the exact things these "woke" people complain about, hence why the word "hotep" is constantly used as an insult, or to describe the pro-black community, along with ankh-rights.
First and foremost, most blacks people are discrediting Black Panther because it’s not a true “black film”; meaning since it’s produced by Disney, it’s not a film for our community....
I guess they ignored the fact that majority of the cast and crew and those in the creative power positions of the film are, in fact, black.
Then you have people who want to discredit Black Panther by saying he's not the first black superhero, then proceeded to name other black heroes such as Spawn, Blade, Meteor Man, Hancock, and others. It's interesting to me that people who go out their way to do this don't even know the history of their comic book characters. First off, please remember that Black Panther was the first black superhero (and one of African descent to be exact) created in mainstream comics, and he is the richest superheroes, even though his film has come after other black superheroes. Second, also keep in mind that Spawn was an antihero, Blade was a vampire hunter, Meteor Man was a comedy and a spoof on superhero movies, and Hancock was a comedy-drama and let's be honest, Hancock fulfilled every stereotype of a black man. Would you rather watch a film about a prince of one of the richest countries...or a film about a drunk ex-con? I'll let you decide.
From there, people were just making up excuses to hate the film. It was ridiculous; some people on social media questioned people who supported Black Panther by asking have they supported Black-owned businesses the same way they supported the film...which again, is dumb...considering majority of the people involved in the film are black, which means every ticket sold and everyone who helped fund the film, helped pay the black people involved and supported their families. Ironically, fans of Black Panther were also shamed for dressing up in African outfits for the film and said they were being extra. Now one minute you question if we support black-owned businesses, now you're shaming us for supporting black-owned businesses (because African outfits are NOT cheap), which is it? Pick a narrative and stick with it. Then, it happened; I was officially done when people on social media began to shame the black community for supporting Black Panther but not supporting Birth of a Nation. We really don't need to go into why black people didn't support that film.
If any of these faux-woke, anhk right, hotep, pro-black for-profit activist took time to research and support the film, they would know that the film encompasses everything they preach (in an unintelligent manner) about. Black Panther is more than a superhero film. Black Panther embodies the concept of Afro-futurism. The film speaks on the relations between Africans and Blacks in America, the stereotypes of Africa put out by the media in other countries, and how valuable the continent of Africa really is as far as advances in medicine, technology, and science. Black Panther also dug into the realities of what’s plaguing black communities in America, planted the seed in the concept of community and wealth building, and boldly presents feminism, womynism, and how much black women do for the community. How could you not love that? How does that not inspire you? Even while I was watching the film, certain scenes and monologues were in resemblance to Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Nelson Mandela.
In a time when we’ve been screaming “representation matters” and protest award shows for not awarding black artist, why are we so upset about Black Panther, and the celebrations happening for it? A movie with a predominately black cast and production staff made over $200 million dollars, the biggest debut film this year as well as one of the biggest opening weekends for an action movie, we should happy. Instead, we’re being negative, pessimistic, judgmental, counterproductive, and regressive. People who are upset about black people celebrating Black Panther are no different from racist white people who get upset when we celebrate…us. Let me ask you something, why are you upset that people are excited about this film? Do you really see the film as problematic, or are you mad because black people are happy and living their best life? Are you upset because black people are loving themselves? Black people came together and creating a thrilling, beloved film? Are you upset because black people would rather support an uplifting film instead of your faux-woke, internet activist teachings and logic? Take a moment and do some self-reflection. Go support the movie.