Reflections On Black Panther’s Killmonger

In Black Panther Killmonger has similar verbiage as his father in his motivation for wanting the throne of Wakanda, empower the oppressed with the resources Wakandans freely enjoy.

Martin Freeman’s character confidently proclaims repeatedly that Killmonger’s action are a direct result of training even going as far as saying “he’s one of us”.

Killmonger had a MIT schooling and went into the Navy Seals and an even more remote sect of that silently destabilizing regimes.

 

This felt like the perfect training to me and though Killmonger didn’t respect the traditions of the land and continued with violent outbursts the plan of liberating the oppressed sounded appealing to me.

Black Future Month: Black Panther and the Unveiling of the Afrofuturist Frontier

Black Panther is the perfect symbol of Black Future Month and Afrofuturism in a number of ways. While, yes, it was originally created by well-meaning Westerners, it has been adopted by Blacks as an aspirational, modern representation of us. It is a way for us to shed the trappings of European influence and build a superior society embracing African culture. Wakanda allows us to envision what might have been, or might even still be.  It is a future for us in a way that Star Wars and Star Trek, for their efforts, simply are not and cannot be. It is OUR science Fantasy.