A Conversation about Real African History –

Black Panther is compelling, refreshing, entertaining, eye-opening, exciting, intriguing, insightful, captivating, breathtaking, and most of all academic. Its brilliance ensured that it was not only stupendously entertaining but educational.

This magnificent, brilliant movie is an instant classic and should be revered as such, any attempt to disparage its brilliance is disappointing and begs to question.

The original Black Panthers were depicted as being the leader of the Wakandan tribe, residing in Wakanda, Africa, with king T’Challa, his father and their inherited linage serving as the Black Panthers.

The graphic novel’s version of The Black Panther as it is brought to life via the big screen has raised questions relative to its connection to “Real” Black History. One writer questions whether it is being “detached” from real Black History. There are also other critics that would have you believe that it does not speak to nor does it address “real” Black History.

Au contraire, my friends. Let us further explore this in-depth, scintillating immediate classic.

This movie alludes to the idea of a non-colonized tribe as opposed to one that has been colonized. Therein lies the difference: obviously the non-colonized tribes will not have been affected by western civilization, such as western customs, religions, diet and much more. The colonized tribes will be steeped in the colonizer’s culture and often adopt the ways, traditions, diets, and activities of the colonizers.

Respectfully, if one only has the requisite knowledge of Black History beginning with slavery, this movie may offer some consternation, which suggests that one’s knowledge base may not include historical accounts which preceded slavery.

The settings were well thought out and were carried out exactly as they should have been. The American home of the “transported” Black Panthers was birthed in Oakland, California, with Huey P. Newton, and Bobby Seales creating another arm of the Civil Rights movement.

Both of these revolutions were brought to life due to the selflessness of individuals who were chagrined with the present state of affairs that were prevalent within their perspective regions and beyond. They were able to see, smell and taste the effects that being disenfranchised had on the people of whom they were connected to and assumed responsibility for.

The Black Panthers and their impetus to begin a Civil Tights movement in Oakland was to assist with various agendas, all of which were to strengthen and to support the disenfranchised and give a voice to those who could not or would not speak on their own behalf and or on the behalf of their children and families.

They use the old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” stepped to the forefront and Instead of complaining, whining, and employing that infamous, familiar phrase, “somebody” ought to do something, took action and addressed the inequities.

King T’Challa, was endeared by and to his people; his loyalty to his country, to his family and to his people caused him to be dogmatic about maintaining its established tradition of hiding and protecting from the “outside” world, one of the world’s most precious minerals, which was “Vibranium”.

King T’Challa, was enraged when he discovered that his father had left his male cousin abandoned and alone. He was further disturbed when he began to realize that the “Vibranium” was being kept away from others who could be helped by this mineral. His conscience would not permit him to support the decision to keep this precious mineral away from the world.

Thus T’challa’s revolution was born.

This rescuing of his conscious caused him to not stop until he rectified the wrong that had been perpetrated for centuries by sharing the knowledge of “Vibranium” and offering it to the world at large.

Both T’challa, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale’s acts of beginning revolutions and committing an act of activism caused both consternation and happiness among “their” People. The naysayers and “boo-birds” were perched and ready to strike, and strike they did.

The Panthers were infiltrated and betrayed from within, the “traitors” were entangled with greed as their motivator, they allegedly assisted the FBI in destroying this organization by distributing drugs throughout the community; drugs that were alleged to have been supplied by the FBI.

T’Challa, was infiltrated and betrayed from within as well; he was betrayed by the leader another tribe living in Kawanda, that was an alleged supporter. It would soon be revealed that a personal agenda was more important than maintaining the established traditions of Kawanda.

History has shown that revolutions are generally fraught with discord; it would behoove one to understand disingenuous participants rarely take a vacation or a holiday—within, organizations, civilizations, families, etc—during most any challenge to change someone or something. Sadly, they shamelessly push and shove and attempt to get to the front of the line to receive all of the benefits derived from the struggle.

Be cautioned, color does not define nor describe; narcissistic, behaviors and attitudes as it relates to greed, denial and defeatist attitudes.

The similarities of Black Panther and the “Real” Black History are eerily, striking and have an unbreakable bond.

The bond is unbreakable because monarchies remain in Africa as I write, there are strong, striving, surviving tribes that remain in the “bush”, and there are “modern cities” in Africa, led by African governments that will rival any city in any country that you choose.

Possessing acquired knowledge of pre and post history of the African (Black) plight in our great America will unequivocally assist one in indulging in a meaningful discourse for all participants. This will ultimately ensure that no one has to be embarrassed nor have their views dismissed as they engage in discussions, assertions presentations and their realities of “Real” Black History.

© 2018 Melvin Lars

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