What is a warrior? What is an ignorant thug? What is a ruthless killer? What is a revolutionary? What does it mean to have courage? I’ve been asking these questions to people I know recently? In the film Black Panther the anti-hero is Erik Kilmonger. There have been many debates on Twitter,Facebook and YouTube about whether Killmonger was a hero or not. Killmonger’s main objective was to liberate oppressed black people all over the world. He wanted to level the playing field against white supremacy. And he was seen as the villain. Now don’t get me wrong,Killmonger was no angel. Far from it. He was ready to kill anything in his way. He grew up in poverty in a crime ridden city called Oakland. So he had a lot to be angry about. I find it interesting that although KIllmonger is seen as the villain,white supremacy is never named in the film. The word “racism” is never said in the film. It’s only implied. And that is the REAL source of his anger and his oppression. But anyway,nothing would stop him from completing his mission. Even with the odds against him he stayed focused on the mission at hand. But he was portrayed as an African-American thug. The real public enemy number one. This is why Black Panther is the hero in a white-created film. They don’t want children to admire the traits of Killmonger because he’s a threat to the racist power structure. That’s why I tell people Black Panther is full of anti-black propaganda. What exactly is propaganda? Propaganda is the effort to spread a belief or an opinion about a certain issue. Commercial advertisers,government,media,pressure groups and public officials all use propaganda. The whole point of propaganda is an attempt to get people to think a certain way about something. I feel propaganda is most effective when people don’t realize it as propaganda. This is why characters like Erik Killmonger are painted as the bad guy. His motives are liberating for black people but they portray him as a mindless thug so you associate the behavior with the ideology.
I’ve seen this pattern of painting revolutionaries as the anti-hero. I remember reading years ago that the Marvel characters Professor X and Magneto were based off of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Marvel comics founder Stan Lee also admitted that the X Men super powered mutants were based off of the black civil rights movement going on in the sixties. This is one of the reasons Magneto is seen as the evil villain. He wants to liberation of mutants against oppression. But when you listen to Magneto talk about the the situation of mutants he’s always making valid points. And he believes if mutants want true freedom they have to do it ” by any means necessary”.
Another character that was revolutionary was Koba from The Planet of The Apes. Koba believed that apes shouldn’t trust humans. The main leader of the apes was Caesar. He and Caesar rarely saw eye to eye. I also noticed that Caesar was a darker skinned ape. Whereas Caesar has a more light skinned face. Koba also had a scarred face from the torture he received from evil humans. So Koba even looked like an ugly monster. This is also subliminal programming. It’s to give the impression that if someone is unattractive then they must be evil. Which we know is not true. I’ve met plenty of good looking people that were selfish,vain,manipulative and egotistical. But people are trained to believe that exterior beauty translates to inner beauty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here’s a synopsis from Gaspar Yanga:
“In the begging of this movie, some scientist wander into the apes territory ( theme of White innocence) and have a dispute with the Apes, in which one Ape is shot. Caesar, being the leader tells the people to leave and takes the injured Ape back home. Koba, having been abused by humans (Europeans), tells Caesar they should follow the humans back to where they are at. Koba comes back and tells Caesar, that he believes they should attack the humans before they get stronger. Caesar makes a snarky comment about how the only thing that Koba, learned from humans is hate. ( theme of seeking retribution against Europeans is wrong).
Koba, goes back into the human’s camps, only to find they are stockpiled with WEAPONS. The innocent humans that Caesar loves so much has a army reserve of military grade weapons. Some of the humans go back to the Apes home, while Koba was gone, in order to seek Caesar’s approval to search for a dam which could power their city. Upon, rushing back to tell Caesar of this great potential threat of humans, Koba is furious to find out that that humans have been allowed back into the Apes territory, along with the human that shot an ape named Ash. Koba and Caesar fight before Koba can tell Caesar, that the humans are preparing to for some type of war with all the weapons. Koba comes up with this genius plan, he goes back to the human camp to steal a gun so he can use it to shoot Caesar and tell the Apes that a human shot Caesar at night and that they should attack the humans. Koba’s brilliant plan works. Koba shoots Caesar at night time while some of those humans are in camp and he runs to tell the other Apes, that humans shot Caeser. Well, during the Ape attack on the humans, Koba gives a command to kill this human to another ape, this Ape refuses, Koba pats him on the back, then drags him by the head and throws him off the ledge showing the other apes who is the king of the hill. Koba, then arrest all those who are loyal to Caser and like humans. Koba is an example of supreme intelligence, military strategy, and brilliance. He removes a weak leader with a brilliant plot. He then consolidates power through force (Mao style) and he units the Apes, around their Ape identity. Koba is the ultimate Ape Nationalist and Freedom Fighter. The only thing that Koba does not tolerate is softness for enemies, he considers that WEAKNESS.
Caesar, in talking to the “GOOD HUMAN” (WHITE), says this ” Ape start war, Human will not forgive”. Caesar, blames his own people for the war. The humans created the experimental drug, the humans abused the apes giving them a reason to never trust them and the humans were trying to recolonize the world. Caesar, blames Koba and his people for starting a war that was caused by the humans (Whites). This, of course, is how the warped mind of the European is even in his movies and how he plants this false consciousness in others (mostly Black Christians). The writers actual ignore the history of the Apes and manipulates Caesar into this self hating, self loathing ape who has a soft spot in his heart for humans. Koba was punished in the movie for: 1. Never forgiving humans 2. Loyalty to his own kind and Caesar is made a hero for 1. Forgiving the Europeans 2. Seeing the good in all people.”
The problem is people want a kind and sweet revolution. They don’t know what it takes to get real freedom and liberation. A real warrior will do whatever he needs to do to get freedom. A warrior is usually a person experienced in warfare. Or a person that has shown great vigor,aggression and courage. In a white racist society they want to demonize revolutionaries so people don’t see them as heroes. These films want you to identify with the so-called heroes. But if you’re an oppressed group you should be rooting for the revolutionary. When the European colonizers came to America that killed everything that wasn’t European. They killed millions of Native Americans. They killed millions of Africans. They raped women and killed babies. They were heartless and ruthless and their quest for power and domination. They were bloodthirsty and heartless! That’s what they did in the America’s and in Africa. They know what it takes to achieve a revolution. This is what brave Haitians did in the revolution in 1804. These were real Africans warriors that knew who was the enemy. They couldn’t show any weakness against the evil Frenchmen. And these are the qualities that fictional characters like Killmonger,Magneto and Koba possess. This is why it’s important to recognize propaganda when it’s in front of you. And these Hollywood films are full of them. When I was younger I couldn’t see it. But my eyes are wide open now. They’re training you to root for the real villains. So in essence,they have you going against your own self interest. And ultimately your freedom.
There’s been a lot of hype about the upcoming Black Panther film. The film is set to be released worldwide on February 16,2018. Which is convenient since February is Black History Month right? Anyone who follows my blog knows I have mentioned I grew up reading comic books as a child. I read a lot of DC and Marvel comic books. I used to read Spider Man,Batman,Superman,The Hulk,X Men and The Fantastic Four. Over the years I have collected hundreds of comic books. But I was always fascinated by the black comic book characters. Some of my favorites were Storm,Black Lightning,Steel,Misty Knight and Luke Cage. But my favorite was probably Black Panther. Panther first appeared in Fantastic Four issue #52 back in 1966. That issue of Fantastic Four is selling for $400-$800 on the internet. Although after the Panther film comes out I’m sure the price will skyrocket. I always thought Black Panther was a cool character. Panther’s birth name is T’Challa. T’Challa’s senses and physical attributes have been enhanced to superhuman levels by the heart-shaped herb. T’Challa is a brilliant tactician, strategist, scientist, tracker and a master of all forms of unarmed combat whose unique hybrid fighting style incorporates acrobatics and aspects of animal mimicry. T’Challa being a royal descendent of a warrior race is also a master of armed combat, able to use a variety of weapons but prefers unarmed combat. He is a master planner who always thinks several steps ahead and will go to extreme measures to achieve his goals and protect the fictional kingdom of Wakanda. Wakanda is not a real African country. But it could just as well be Kenya,Nigeria,Tanzania or Ghana. And this is one of my conerns about the film. I have covered great African civilizations on this blog many times. Most of us know about The Mali empire as well as ancient Kemet(Egypt),Ghana and Kingdom of Kush. So why is Hollywood making films about fictional African empires when real ones exist? Of course you know why right?
I will admit that the trailer looks really good. The visuals are nice and it looks to be action packed. I have watched the reaction from many black film goers on the internet. I would say that 85% of the reaction has been positive. And I can see why. Talented actor Chadwick Boseman plays the title character. The cast has some pretty big names. The cast includes Angela Bassett,Forest Whitaker,Danai Gurira,Michael B. Jordan,Lupita Nyongo(my favorite),Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright. It’s a majority black cast. Even the director Ryan Coogler is a black man. So is this a black film? It seems like it. But of course the film is being made by Marvel Studios. Marvel Studios was bought by the Walt Disney Company back in 2009 for 4.24 billion dollars. I did a post in the past about the wicked and racist Disney company. The Disney president and CEO is a white man named Robert Iger. So the Black Panther film is basically a Disney film with a black cast.
I have done many posts on racist Hollywood and their negative stereotypes. Many black people are excited about this film. And it’s because we want to see ourselves in a positive light. We want to see ourselves looking glorious and majestic. We want to see black people as kings and queens on the big screen. Hollywood has given the masses films about Roman empires for years. Films like Ben Hur,Julius Caesar,Spartacus and Gladiator. Not to mention fictional films/tv shows like Lord of The Rings and Game of Thrones. They give us hundreds of films showing them as powerful kings and queens. Then when they want to show African royalty…we get a fictional country?? That is white supremacy at it’s best. The film looks good but I know how Hollywood operates. I will be looking for any type of anti-blackness in this film. And I’m sure there will be some type of black degradation in it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some interracial love going on . Maybe they’ll slip in some lesbian/homosexual scene. Or possibly showing African traitors in which to instill black people to not trust each other. I could be wrong…but I doubt it.
Wakanda is fictional but the Kingdom of Kush was real. Don’t get me wrong,I have nothing against fictional stories. I grew up enjoying films and television shows like Star Trek and Star Wars. I think they can be fun and entertaining. I just think we have to be mindful who is getting our money when we pay for these films. Black Panther looks like it will be a big blockbuster. And I’m glad the mostly black cast is getting paid. But the white owned Disney/Marvel company will be getting the majority of the money. We will be giving our money right back to racist Hollywood. They are just doing this film to throw black people a bone! But there are many black comic book artists and writers that could use our support. That’s what I’ll address in part two.