Black Panther: Pan African Superhero?

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One of the problems with Black superheroes in Marvel and DC comics is that they may look Black, but very rarely do they reflect the experiences and struggles of Black people. This was a point that was made Kenneth Ghee who explained in Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation that: “Historically in comic books and movies, the Black superhero operates in a totally Eurocentric (White) context; no Black family, no Black lover, no connection to community or culture…For him (and for us and our children) there is no Black consciousness or Black cause, only a generalized ‘humanitarian’ supportive role from a Eurocentric worldview and perspective.” Given that the Black Panther movie is set to be released next month, I would like to point out that one of the unique things about the Black Panther is that he is one Black superhero who has to confront many of the problems that Black people confront daily. The Black Panther doesn’t just live in Africa, he also lives many of the real problems that Africa has faced and continues to face. Black Panther comics are filled with themes of Western imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism in Africa. These themes are especially prominent in the six episode cartoon series which was an adoption of Reginald Hudlin’s run of the comics.
In the comics Wakanda is the most technologically advanced country in the world because the people of Wakanda are able to utilize their country’s resources for their own benefit. Wakanda was the only African country never to be colonized or conquered, so it did not suffer through the ravages of the slave trade and colonialism which disrupted Africa’s development and, as Walter Rodney explained, underdeveloped Africa. Some have defended colonialism by arguing that colonization was a benefit to Africa because it introduced European technology, but this was not entirely the case. The technology that was introduced was utilized in the service of European domination in Africa. The vast majority of colonized Africans were exploited and impoverished, and they did not benefit from European technology in any significant way.

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Ethiopia was able to fend off the Italian invasion and under Menelik II’s rule Ethiopia made many technological advances, including establishing a railway, a postal service, and the country’s first hospital. This was because without European domination Ethiopia was free to adopt European technology and apply it in ways that were beneficial to their country, but the other colonized African nations did not have this benefit. Whereas Menelik was able to establish a hospital, in many colonies Africans were malnourished and given inadequate medical care. In Mozambique the Portuguese failed to train a single African doctor and Guinea-Bissau was even more neglected by the Portuguese colonialists than Mozambique was. Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, once explained that by the time Tanzania gained its independence the country only had 12 doctors. Wakanda presents us with a glimpse of where Africa could have been had it not been for colonialism, as well as a glimpse of where Africa could very well be with the proper leadership.
Comic book superheroes are typically people who decide to become superheroes due to personal tragedy or by obtaining superheroes, but the Black Panther is unique in that he has inherited his role as a superhero. T’Challa comes from a long dynasty of Black Panthers that have protected Wakanda for thousands of years. The Black Panther does fight the typical super villains that are found in comics, but what makes this character unique for people of African descent is that the Black Panther also fights a threat that Africans had to fight in real life, which is European colonization. For example, one story in Hudlin’s run depicts one of T’Challa’s ancestors defending his nation against an assault led by a European settler known as Klaue. In the story Klaue is a soldier who fought military campaigns in South Africa and has nothing but contempt for Africans, whom he views as uncivilized savages.

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T’Challa’s own story is rooted in Africa’s struggle against neo-colonial forces. T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, was murdered for refusing to give up Wakanda’s most valuable resource, which is a fictional metal known as vibranium. In Hudlin’s retelling of the story, T’Chaka’s assassination was part of a plot that was carried out by various Western countries that were unable to talk T’Chaka into giving them his country’s resources. When they realized that T’Chaka could not be bought off, their next option was to simply kill him. This brings to mind the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, and other African leaders who were killed or overthrown by Western countries for refusing to serve the interests of those countries. T’Challa ascends to the throne and has to remain cautious about the fact that the very governments that assassinated his father would be plotting to do the same to him.
Aside from the Western governments that seek to undermine Wakanda to exploit its wealth, the Black Panther also has to confront African dictators such as M’Butu, who is one of the antagonists in the cartoon series. M’Butu is the dictator of a nation that borders Wakanda and he is depicted as being the opposite of T’Challa. M’Butu is greedy, self-serving, and is easily paid off like many of the dictators that continue to rule Africa today. M’Butu is also a close American ally and even agrees to participate in a plot to overthrow the Black Panther. Black Panther not only fights to protect his nation against European invaders, but against African traitors as well.
I am not sure how deeply the movie will delve into these themes. The anti-colonialist message found in the cartoon series and some of the comics was toned down when the Black Panther was introduced in Captain American: Civil War. In that movie T’Chaka’s assassination was part of a plot to frame the Winter Soldier rather than being an assassination that was carried out because T’Chaka refused to give up his country’s resources. Even if the anti-colonialist message is toned down, I still think the significance of the Black Panther movie is that it’s a movie that will challenge some of the ways Africa and African people are typically depicted in the mainstream media. It is also significant in that it has a message that is relevant to all people of African descent. For African Americans and others in the diaspora it is a reminder that there is more to our history that slavery, and for those on the African continent it is a reminder of the great potential that Africa has.

Article by Dwayne Omowale

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Bakari Henderson beaten to death: Why didn’t his white friends help?

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Bakari Henderson was  beaten to death last week in the Greek Islands. He was only 22 years old with his whole life ahead of him. It was at a nightclub by a group of racist Serbians.  I heard that he had taken a picture with a white women.  And I guess the Serbian guys didn’t like that too much. He was beaten by a bouncer,bartender and six tourists. Henderson was with a group of white “friends”.  His so called friends say how much they loved him and cared for him.  So…why didn’t they intervene?  Since they loved him so much. This is a damn shame!

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I feel bad for this young brother.  I feel bad anytime there is the loss of black life. I feel for his family as well.   But we have to be honest. He put himself in harms way.  It doesn’t matter if they were Serbians.  Europeans are the same no matter where you go.  First things first. Going out with a white woman and a group of white friends to Europe is a bad move!  No black friends in sight. Europe is rampant with racism.  The anti-blackness is through the roof!  But I think he was young and naïve.  I guess he didn’t know it at the time put he put himself in danger by doing that.  Black people need to understand this when they travel abroad.  Places like Europe and Middle east are very anti-black.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t travel.  I think black people should get a passport and travel more.  But just be smart about it.  Go with someone that has been to the country before.  And go with a group of other black people.  Whether they are family or personal friends.  Just make sure it’s some people that aren’t going to  just stand around like cowards while  you’re getting beat to death.  A lot of our people have bought into the idea of being color blind.  Or that “loves sees no color”.  Well if you think like that you need to snap out of that fantasy.  It could be a matter of life and death. Let Bakari be a lesson to others. Peace.

Sam Cooke,James Brown,Michael Jackson,Whitney,Prince….who’s next?

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Last Thursday pop/rock star Prince passed away.  The music icon best known for hits such as 1999,Purple Rain,Pop Life and Little Red Corvette was only 57 years young. It’s been all over the news. The media is trying to say it may have been the flu.  But I’m not buying it.  First of all, this post wont be about the androgynous appearance of Prince.  Or how he blurred the lines of genders.  I respect his talent but had major issues with the feminine energy that he gave off.  I can save that for a later date.  This post is about the mysterious deaths of many black celebs. Prince is just the latest pop star death in recent years. There is a lot of controversy about his death. Many people believe there was foul play since he had a legal battle with Warner Bros.  He won the legal battle to get control of his music then all of a sudden …..he dies.  This is a bit strange for a man who worked out everyday and was a vegan.  He was a pretty healthy guy.  I’ve noticed a pattern of death when black people try to gain control of their music catalog. The Hollywood/music industry is controlled by Zionist Jews.  They want black people to perform for the masses but not own anything.  Great talents like James Brown,Sam Cooke and Whitney Houston are used to entertain people and make billions for the racist Jews.  But they don’t want black people to own or control anything.  Sam Cooke tried to get control of his music publishing and he was killed in a strange shooting.  You can read some of it here:

http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/2006/12/death-of-sam-cooke-conspiracy-theories.html

These deaths always seem to come out when people speak out against the music or Hollywood industry. Prince was quoted as saying :

“Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery,” the artist told a group of journalists at Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. “I would tell any young artist…don’t sign.”

Slavery?  Why would he say that?  Why would he tell young artist to not sign? I thought it was everyone’s dream to live in mansions,have nice cars and be filthy rich.  It seems as though Prince knew that blacks controlled nothing in the industry. And blacks are just slaves here to make money for others.  Michael Jackson spoke out too.  He had bought the bulk of the Sony music catalog. And said that most black entertainers die penniless.  Of course he died as well from an “accidental overdose”.

The reality is that many of these singers and actors must take an oath to get in the industry.  Many people say there is a “blood oath” a person must take to get in the industry.  Many times you will hear the term the “Illuminati” to explain it.  But these are just well organized white groups.  People don’t like to looked at as a conspiracy theorist so they might not say anything about it.  But I have been doing research on secret socities such as the Club of Rome,Skull and Bones,Freemasons,The Knights Templar,Bilderberg Group,satanic cults and Rosicrucians .These groups have been around for a very long time. Some of them have been around for over 100 years.   They are mostly filled with Jews and whites. But there  are groups like the Boule that is for the black entertainers and politicains  You can check it out here:

https://kushiteprince.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/the-boule-skull-and-bones-society-part-1/

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These groups perform satanic rituals all the time.  They have people killed on certain dates and time periods.  The world is ruled by numbers and signs.  Many celebs take the oath and don’t care about the consequences..until it’s too late. But many have had to have a “blood sacrifice” to keep their fame and fortune.  Some have had to have family members killed so they can stay in the limelight. In the end I don’t think it’s worth it.

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Black people I beg you to do some research.  It’s not about being a conspiracy theorist. It’s about using your critical thinking skills so you know what’s going on around you.  As long as you’re still in the dark,you don’t know what your ENEMY is doing to you. This type of information scares many people that’s why they don’t talk about it.  They want to run and hide and hope it’s not true.  That’s why people want to argue with me on the internet all the time.  And I get resistance from people who have done no research at all.  Yet they want to tell me I’m wrong.  If you haven’t done any research on these issues then just don’t say anything at all.  It’s better to just sit back and let the teachers teach. But my blog is here to wake my people up.  We can no longer be ignorant while our people are killed and we say silent. I realize these celebs made their choice and they paid the price.  Which is proff that black people need our own record industries,film and television studios.  With NO white people involved.  We need to own and control everything from top to bottom.  We just have to believe in our own capabilities and know we have the talent to do it.  Otherwise we will just be slaves…like Prince said.

Stay strong black people. It’s a hard but we will win in the end.  One people,One Love, One Tribe.

Here’s some sites to check out if you want more information on occult knowledge:

http://vigilantcitizen.com/

http://www.trickedbythelight.com/tbtl/movies.shtml

https://mindcontrolblackassassins.com/

http://www.itsaboutthattime.net/art/hollywoodoccult.html