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Black Panther will be a monster hit at the box office in its opening weekend [‘Black Panther’ Heading Toward Massive $170 Million-Plus Opening, by Dave McNary, Variety, February 12, 2018]. My guess is it will surpass $200 million, as black identity and Main Stream Media cheerleading are creating a formidable marketing combination [Black Panther: does the Marvel epic solve Hollywood’s Africa problem? By Steve Rose, Guardian, February 3, 2018]. But while the top-down driven marketing campaign will almost certainly make the film a financial success, many blacks may take away the wrong message. After all, the real Afrocentric hero is “villain” Erik Killmonger–not Wakandan prince Black Panther.

And which message people take away from this film is a desperately important question. After all, the MSM desperately wants this film to be a commercial success and is promoting it as a political milestone. The film already has a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes–not surprising considering the website seems to be blocking anyone with a negative review, calling it “hate speech” [Rotten Tomatoes Will Block Anyone Who Tries to Sabotage ‘Black Panther’ Fan Score: ‘We Do Not Condone Hate Speech’, by Zack Sharf, Indiewire.com, February 2, 2018].

Despite the Black Panther character being created by two Jewish guys in the 1960s, the film is pure racial triumphalism [‘Young black people can be heroes too’: the campaign to send kids to see Black Panther, by Precious Mayowa Agbabiaka, Guardian, February 9, 2018]. it is being portrayed as a representation of what Africa would be were it not for European colonization [Black Panther is for film what Barack Obama was for the presidency, by Issac Bailey, CNN, February 9, 2018]. And it will have real world consequences:

South African actor John Kani, who plays King T’Chaka, told NBC News that this movie has a deeper meaning for non-Americans and people living in Africa.

“This movie will prove to the colonialists that if they had not interfered with Africa, we’d be so far advanced, may make them believe we built those pyramids in Egypt. No alien did them,” Kani said. “The metaphor is, Africa has great potential. Africa no longer relates to the world with a bag and bone. We’re looking for interaction and trade, not aid.”…

The idea of Wakanda and the Wakandan people serve as pure inspiration. Wakanda, as a model of the growth of the natural brilliance of an African nation that was never interfered with by the outside world coming in to colonize, to strip of its resources, to change their way of life – is an African utopia.

[‘Black Panther’s’ Wakanda sheds light on black excellence, by Jarrett Hill, NBC, February 9, 2018]

The fact this fantasy is seen as “proof” is disturbing. The film is telling blacks that the problems of Africans in the West and in Africa is simply the fault of white people. And this leads us to the film’s villain, Erik Killmonger.

Killmonger (whose character is a black American Spec-Ops soldier, something rare in real life) wants to utilize the military technology of the advanced African nation to enable black revolutionaries worldwide to wage war on white supremacy. The black experience in America is presented as justification for this mission of racial vengeance:

Michael B. Jordan adds fire as Killmonger, the radical who wants to pull Wakanda out of its comfort zone and into an armed struggle. That’s a storyline Coogler underlines by setting an early scene in Oakland, Calif., birthplace of the real-life black-power group.

[‘Black Panther’ review: A new icon and pure comic-book action, By Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News, February 7, 2018]

Of course, though it is not explained in the film, the broader mythos of the comics has to explain why Wakanda not only survived European colonization but did nothing to stop it elsewhere in Africa. And there is an answer.

[T]he Wakandans made a pact with the white European colonial powers: if you don’t make war on Wakanda, Wakandans will turn a blind eye to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism of the rest of Africa.

[Marvel Made a Black Panther Movie Partly Because Reginald Hudlin Put the ‘Black’ in Panther, by Todd Burroughs, The Root, February 7, 2018]

Talk about a bunch of Uncle Toms.

There’s a similar conflict in the film. The main dispute between Black Panther and Killmonger is over what Wakanda owes the larger black world. After all, if every problem blacks face is because of white racism, why shouldn’t Wakanda take action to stop it, given that it is vastly more powerful and advanced than the evil racist West?

It also doesn’t shy away from the fraught question being posed about what responsibility Wakanda has to the broader—white, colonial—world. Killmonger would say that what’s owed is a reckoning, a violent and necessary reshifting of power. T’Challa instead warily sees the potential benefit of peaceful outreach, of sharing ideas to heal past and current wounds. It’s complicated stuff, and not anything that Coogler offers an easy answer for. Watching these issues mulled over in a big superhero spectacular is quite something—it elevates the level of Marvel’s political discourse considerably.

[Black Panther Review: The Marvel Universe Finally Shows Us Something New, by Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair, February 6, 2018]

Indeed, as Variety notes, Killmonger is in many ways the most compelling character:

Killmonger has more than just wreaking chaos in mind. He’s motivated by a feeling of deep political injustice, plus a “This time it’s personal” sense of vengeance, and he’s convinced that raiding the Wakanda’s stockpile of Vibranium could put genuine firepower in a worldwide black uprising.

It’s a compelling idea (enough to sway a key ally played by Daniel Kaluuya), and a reminder that throughout the African diaspora, the black-white power balance remains as it is courtesy of Jim Crow practices designed to keep minorities in check: persistent segregation, broken drug laws, racially targeted policing, disproportionately high incarceration rates — all of which are identified and indicted by Coogler’s truth-to-power script. Arm the oppressed, Killmonger passionately argues, and it won’t take a century for the system that produced “The Birth of a Nation” to grant a black artist the right to tell this kind of story — not that Coogler endorses the character’s lunatic ideas.

[Film Review: ‘Black Panther,’ by Peter Debruge, February 6, 2018]

National Review, in a rather embarrassing attempt to get on board with the rest of the media, framed the film as a debate between Malcolm X (Killmonger) and the fake Martin Luther King Jr. Beltway Right caricature:

Like many a great movie villain, Killmonger is seductive but wrong, and he stands for ideas that have considerable resonance in the real world. He channels the sense, memorably popularized by Malcolm, that the natural state of black people is to be kings. Black ghettoization was purposely engineered by duplicitous white people, who at first used enslavement but later turned to subtler methods of oppression…

Killmonger, then, wants the kind of race war Charles Manson dubbed helter skelter. That a large majority of the world’s most successful black people are American rather than African escapes the notice of such African-American radicals, who dismiss America’s opportunities for blacks and instead sentimentalize Africa in the same way Killmonger does.

[Black Panther Delivers, by Kyle Smith, February 14, 2018]

Yet most blacks in America really do believe they are helpless victims and identify as black rather than American. This is why efforts by Conservatism Inc. to win even a minuscule share of the black vote has been such an embarrassing failure. Indeed, the hunger by blacks to be portrayed as “kings” who can defeat the hated whites is driving much of the appeal of this film.

A people who believe they are oppressed from cradle-to-grave will now have a movie where the villain advocates utilizing advanced technology to arm black revolutionaries to wage a war on white people worldwide. As Black Panther is a bit of an Uncle Tom, hanging out with the mostly white Avengers, Killmonger could well end up being the true hero of the film to black audiences. After all, if the only reason blacks are held down is because of “white racism,” Killmonger is right.

Of course, we could say there are other reasons why blacks have problems. But if we say that, well, that would be racist.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Tulip says:

    Killmonger was right.

  2. Black Panther is the new Hamilton.

    Get used to it.

    Us old guys remember white America when white male privilege was real.

    We had John Wayne. He was a comic book hero also.

    • Replies: @Wally
  3. Truth says:

    Kersey, dude, with all possible respect; get a hobby! Start collecting stamps or building WWII fighter models or something.

    I’m going to need to start calling you Toby Kersey, the Knee-grows own you.

  4. Dr. Doom says:

    Oh look its Troof, the fake blech goof. Whatsamatta Boy? Are you all hot and bothered by this blech shaft filim? You better take that funny little cap wichu when you go to the theaters.

    This garbage is getting subsidized by White tax dollars. All the screwl systems are padding the opening of this pile of crap. It’ll do the obligatory ZERO BUSINESS IN ALL OF ASIA. China won’t even screen this anywhere.

    The blech intifada should ensure that NOBODY signs up for any Banker Wars anytime soon.

    OH TOO BAD ZARDOZ. Looks like you get ZERO SOLDIERS. Those Mestizos would probably just side with Palestine anyway HOSERS. Get on yer knees to Baal and cry about it.

    That Angry Giant you’ve been poking is getting ready to Rise. That chump you thought was gonna Reagan Bush has crapped out and fallen flat.

    OH TOO BAD.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Twodees Partain
    , @anon
  5. KenH says:

    I figured the movie would do well in the first 1-2 weeks before sales tapered off, but didn’t think it would be a box office windfall in the first weekend. But that was long before the 24/7 hype by the media. They’ve hyped this movie so much that many people will spend money to go see it just to see what all the fuss is about. A certain percentage of white people will attend just to atone for their white privilege and to show they’re cool.

    From the previews it looks like the Wakandans aren’t just black, but so black that they’re practically just eyes and teeth without form. And predictably, they are outsmarting and out fighting the white devils who appear mostly Nordic in appearance.

    (((Hollywood))) needs to be fair and the next Thor or Captain America movie needs to depict all the villains as coal black congoids getting their butts royally kicked by the white superheroes. Except the same media personalities and black power morons extolling the hardcore black nationalist message of Black Panther will moan and bellyache about the racism and white privilege of Thor and Captain America.

    The fact this fantasy is seen as “proof” is disturbing.

    I figured this would happen. Blacks and their Jewish and white goy enablers are acting as if Black Panther is fact based fantasy. The former lack cognitive thinking skills so will fall for and believe just about anything. The latter are ideological anti-white hardliners and will use the movie to vend a false “what if” scenario about how advanced and majestical black Africa would be without white colonialism.

    Lastly, on one of the previews on YouTube I think I saw a Wakandan Kang sitting in a chair with a lime green lip plate, but I didn’t see a matching nose bone. Maybe they’ll save that for Black Panther II.

    • Replies: @Truth
  6. El Dato says:

    [T]he Wakandans made a pact with the white European colonial powers: if you don’t make war on Wakanda, Wakandans will turn a blind eye to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism of the rest of Africa.

    That’s a good trade. Low price, whitey stays out.

    Why should Wakandans particularly care about what happens on the rest of the wretched continent? Why assume that they are an “invade & invite” people suffering from a world saviour complex?

    They have their shit together.

    • Replies: @Wally
  7. El Dato says:

    From the previews it looks like the Wakandans aren’t just black, but so black that they’re practically just eyes and teeth without form.

    An early appearance of a Wakandian in Olduvai Gorge:

  8. Truth says:
    @Dr. Doom

    Your post made me LOL this morning, Bro. I can’t tell if you were trying to write in ebonics, or if you were a 15 year old girl texting while drunk for the first time! Good shit.

    It’ll do the obligatory ZERO BUSINESS IN ALL OF ASIA. China won’t even screen this anywhere.

    Sorry Dog, its already done 10 million in SK, and close to 10 in Hong Kong and Taiwan. China opens May 9th.

    http://deadline.com/2018/02/black-panther-opening-weekend-results-international-box-office-1202289446/

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  9. Truth says:
    @KenH

    (((Hollywood))) needs to be fair and the next Thor or Captain America movie needs to depict all the villains as coal black congoids getting their butts royally kicked by the white superheroes.

    1. The superheroes aren’t “white” although most appear to be. Like superman they are non-human mutants.

    2. If they did that, you would just whine about the black villains using high technology.

    • Replies: @KenH
  10. How would we be treating this film if whites weren’t back on their heels, I wonder? I think we might be a little more forgiving. We would still laugh, I’m sure, but privately, between ourselves.

    I find it all sad. Sad that blacks have invested so much in a (((Marvel Comics))) movie, with characters created for them by Jews. Are there parallels with whites and completely fictional characters? I can think of a few, but they would still have more relation to real life than this movie. We invest none of our self-worth in characters like Spider Man and the Hulk, or even Thor, though we (rightly) don’t appreciate it when these characters are diversified, and made into bi-racial bisexuals, or black lesbians. And still, at the end of the day, I just can’t imagine a white nationalist group starting a GoFundMe to buy tickets to a comic book movie.

  11. KenH says:
    @Truth

    1. The superheroes aren’t “white” although most appear to be. Like superman they are non-human mutants.

    Then Black Panther isn’t black. He just appears to be.

    2. If they did that, you would just whine about the black villains using high technology.

    Huh? I didn’t say anything about the weaponry the negroid villains would use but it wouldn’t matter since the white superheroes would be kicking the bejesus out of them regardless.

    • Replies: @Truth
  12. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    A comic book turned into a movie. This is the perfect medium for imparting information to the black population since the mental level required is not very high. Blacks think what they see on television and movies is real. There’s no distinction between fact and fantasy. The prison system is filled with blacks who were unable to think ten minutes ahead into the future to foresee the consequences of their actions. Putting things like this before them is irresponsible. There’s money to be made and the hype gave this a pretty high initial box office draw. Sequels are probably being drawn up now although the lasting appeal outside of the black population would probably be limited.

  13. When the Wakandan sewers fail, and it’s only a matter of time, will White people be blamed? Will Joy Reid, MSNBC racial celebrity and Wakandan spokesperson, blame Wakandan infrastructure problems on the legacy of White supremacy?

  14. @Truth

    Hey “Dog”, are you Tiny Duck in White face?

    • Replies: @Truth
  15. Svigor says:

    Yeah Paul, get a hobby. Like derangements about trannies everywhere, or cars that run on water.

    “Killmonger,” what a cop-out. “Hatemonger,” now that would be a villain with originality and chops.

    Seriously, Marvel has a villain called “Hatemonger.” He has a pointy Catholic hood and everything. Extremely original stuff from some Jewish guy.

    • Replies: @Truth
  16. Svigor says:

    Blacks think what they see on television and movies is real.

    Moreso than most people, you mean. Because most people believe it; all the stuff they don’t know is fantastic is assumed to be real. ‘Course, trouble is, blacks know way less stuff than most people, so they buy more of what the televitz shows them.

    Seriously though, blacks really do think they know a lot about how white people live, because they watch TV. This is implied every time some black says whites don’t know what it’s like to walk in a black person’s shoes.

    Compounding the problem is the fact that the average black watches 7 hours of TV a day.

  17. Svigor says:

    don’t know is fantastic is assumed to be real. ‘Course, trouble is, blacks know way don’t know is fantastic is assumed to be real. ‘Course, trouble is, blacks know way

  18. KenH says:

    As far as I can tell the blacker than black Wakandans speak English which is a betrayal of their African kang heritage and selling out to the white devil. To be authentically black and authentically African they should be speaking a language of African mumbo jumbo with subtitles so the audience can follow along. Kind of like the black jive talkers from Airplane.

    We need a movie that shows how wonderful like would be in America and throughout the West if the all negroes had been repatriated back to Wakanda in the 19th century and if the 1965 immigration and naturalization act that facilitated the ongoing third world invasion had never passed. And an America free of Jews and their malign influence which means no Iraq war I, no 9-11 and no Iraq war II and other smaller wars it has spawned in the Middle East.

    • Replies: @Truth
  19. Brave T’Challa is king of Wakanda.
    Getting drunk is the thing he’s most fonda.
    “Put thet damn bottle down
    ’Fo I knock you out, clown!,”
    Is the war-cry of good Queen LaWanda.

  20. Truth says:
    @KenH

    Then Black Panther isn’t black. He just appears to be.

    LMAO! Dude, don’t shoot the messenger, Superman is from Krypton, it aint in Europe.

    • Replies: @KenH
  21. Truth says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    Huh? I Dindu Nuffin, all I did was post a link.

  22. Truth says:
    @Svigor

    Yeah Paul, get a hobby. Like derangements about trannies everywhere, or cars that run on water.

    LOL, or ranting about the right to live around all whites, when your domicile of choice is 70% black!

  23. Truth says:
    @KenH

    As far as I can tell the blacker than black Wakandans speak English

    First time that one’s ever been done in a movie.

  24. @Dr. Doom

    MSM did the same shit with Django. The movie sucked, and lots of black people were conned into spending money to see it, but the box office totals were reportedly huge.

    Any stupid, poorly written film can be a gold mine as long as the target audience is stupid enough to pay to see it. Just load the cast with people the same race as your target audience and write in a few villains of another race, then let the heroes kill the villains.

    Simple plans are often the best.

  25. jim jones says:

    Blacks react after seeing the movie:

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  26. Wally says: • Website
    @WorkingClass

    “Us old guys remember white America when white male privilege was real.”

    Speak for yourself.

  27. Wally says: • Website
    @El Dato

    [T]he Wakandans made a pact with the white European colonial powers: if you don’t make war on Wakanda, Wakandans will turn a blind eye to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism of the rest of Africa.

    African chiefs urged to apologise for slave trade
    Nigerian civil rights group says tribal leaders’ ancestors sold people to slavers and should say sorry

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/nov/18/africans-apologise-slave-trade

    exc.:
    “African chiefs were the ones waging war on each other and capturing their own people and selling them. If anyone should apologise it should be the African chiefs. We still have those traitors here even today.”

  28. Wally says: • Website

    “The idea of Wakanda and the Wakandan people serve as pure inspiration. Wakanda, as a model of the growth of the natural brilliance of an African nation that was never interfered with by the outside world coming in to colonize, to strip of its resources, to change their way of life – is an African utopia.”

    Of course no one can name a single resource that Africa does not still have.
    And indeed, Africa was certainly a utopian marvel before the Europeans.
    Plus, the pyramids bit is hilarious.

    “We can force through any lie. It just has to be big enough so that a normal person says, ‘Well that cannot be a lie!’. Then the lie cannot be recognized as such. And the lie has to be repeated continuously. Then it is believed and is powerful because it is the belief in a ‘truth.’”

    - from ‘Propaganda’, by Zionist Jew Edward Bernays

  29. Svigor says:

    LOL, or ranting about the right to live around all whites, when your domicile of choice is 70% black!

    1855 called, they want their statistics back, gramps.

    • Replies: @Truth
  30. KenH says:
    @Truth

    LMAO! Dude, don’t shoot the messenger, Superman is from Krypton, it aint in Europe.

    And Wakanda doesn’t exist in Africa either. Unlike blacks, whites understand that Superman and Krypton are entirely fictional and doesn’t exist somewhere out in the ether.

    Superman also didn’t give the Hitler salute, but BP and the Wakandans give the black power salute.

    • Replies: @Truth
  31. Truth says:
    @Svigor

    Darn Sviggy, I just looked it up, Charleston County is a lot whiter than I thought. A hell of a lot darker than America at large but relatively white.

    When I went to a white boy’s wedding there 5 years ago, it seemed like 50% black. Hey, good luck with that Bro, only 30% of your neighbors are black! It’s damn near a Klan domicile.

  32. Truth says:
    @KenH

    Unlike blacks, whites understand that Superman and Krypton are entirely fictional and doesn’t exist somewhere out in the ether.

    Oh ok I’ll try again (strictly for no good reason at all). So you’ve met some black people that have attempted to book a plane ticket to Wakanda, over the course of your years?

    • Replies: @KenH
  33. Svigor says:

    Darn Sviggy, I just looked it up, Charleston County is a lot whiter than I thought. A hell of a lot darker than America at large but relatively white.

    When I went to a white boy’s wedding there 5 years ago, it seemed like 50% black. Hey, good luck with that Bro, only 30% of your neighbors are black! It’s damn near a Klan domicile.

    Don’t let it get you down, bro; pretty much all of the newcomers are Yankee shitbirds.

  34. KenH says:
    @Truth

    Oh ok I’ll try again (strictly for no good reason at all). So you’ve met some black people that have attempted to book a plane ticket to Wakanda, over the course of your years?

    I’ll bet if you created a website with a raffle that offered all expense paid tickets for two to Wakanda you’d have your share of black entrants. Already you have blacks believing that Africa would be what Wakanda is depicted as if not for da evil white man and his colonialism n shit.

  35. Truth says:

    Daaaayum Sons, there ain’t no escape from Wakanda (ever) now, even in Seoul or Taipei!

    http://deadline.com/2018/02/black-panther-fifty-shades-freed-monster-hunt-2-detective-chinatown-2-weekend-results-international-box-office-1202293876/

    In Korea, the Ryan Coogler-directed superhero pic was the No. 5 biggest western industry opening of all time at $25.3M, ahead of Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok and already exceeding the entire runs of Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man.

    Across Asia-Pacific, Panther was No. 1 and was the biggest opening weekend of 2018 to date in all markets. In Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, Panther topped the lifetime of GOTG. Indonesia was the 3rd biggest industry FSS ever and Malaysia the 3rd biggest MCU bow of all time.

    Across Latin America, the Chadwick Boseman-starrer opened at No. 1 in all markets and was the best opener this year everywhere except Argentina and Uruguay. It scored the highest grossing February opening of all-time in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Panama and Paraguay.

    Japan and China opening in March!

  36. The author featured in the blog post says Wakanda was great because the white man left them alone. OK,no white man!
    Then he says real world blacks have been held back by…segregation! So,no white man around is…bad? So the WM has some kind of moral obligation to seek out blacks and impress himself on them? To teach and influence them. But that’s…colonialism,and that’s bad.
    Now the WM must fix that by being with blacks even more…I’m confused.

  37. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Dr. Doom

    With Wakanda poster “Truth” finally has his example of a successful black nation.

  38. @jim jones

    Thanks for sharing this video. It’s really inspiring to see how the young African-American community has responded to the message of technological empowerment in the “Black Panther” film— clearly these yoofs are ready to tackle a STEM education now. They’re already adopting the team calisthenics used by Japanese workers, but with a vibrant twist!

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