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The Essence of Black Panther - Part I

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T’Challa v Killmonger

 

Good v Evil

 

But who’s who?  T’Challa, as king, is fated with protecting Wakanda, the land he rules.  It’s customs, its peoples and most important, its resources primarily vibranium.  This resource is the most powerful metal on the planet and as a result has transformed the kingdom he inherited into the most advanced technological civilization known to man. He’s ruler of the most dominant nation on earth albeit secretively as part of his protective plan is to keep this resource entirely within his nation.

 

Killmonger, through events, is a native to Wakanda and feels that its his birth nation’s duty to utilize this powerful resource to conquer the world that has betrayed and second class citizen’ed not just him but all people who are descendants of the African continent.

 

And Killmonger has a point.  Here you have a nation with the ability to change the landscape of the entire planet.  Utilize their resource to maintain unilateralism of economic, social, military and ethical rights.  Usurp authority and ensure that equalities on all fronts are achieved on a global level. Equalities rooted in happiness.  IF, that was his motivation.  But he wanted revenge.  He was corrupted by the ills of the world and received the short end of the stick, all of which Wakanda has the power to correct.  His source was negativity and a quest for domination.  And that was his mistake.

 

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And it’s not that he should be faulted; he was a product of his environment.  A man (any person) can only take so much and will ultimately display the qualities of their oppressor.  But two wrongs don’t make a right and his quest was subjected in self satisfaction.

 

And although T’Challa began to use his nation’s resources to better the world near the end, was it necessary?  Why does Wakanda have to be the governor of all nations?  It was already proven that with just a little taste of the power of Wakanda’s most prized resource, “colonizers” couldn’t handle it.  Imagine on a larger scale!

 

But…

 

Similar to the ‘America First’ tactic of modern day America, selfishness is never a good trait to behold.  It’s bad energy.  Negative energy.  And like all great civilizations, they come to pass and that stinginess won’t be forgotten.  And no matter how intelligent, sophisticated or advanced a nation becomes, it’s still a creation of its citizens and if those persons do not follow the law of energy, compassion, empathy and service, then that nation will fall.  And true power is good.  Infinite positive energy in all its forms.

 

But without adversity how can you succeed rightfully?  How can you discern good from evil?  There has to be a common ground, a point before breaking, that leaves you thirsty for change balanced with a strong sense of integrity.  A trait Erik lost somewhere between Oakland and his Motherland.  And how severe can the pain of oppression be that he chose to be ‘buried in the ocean with his ancestors who jumped from ships cause they knew death was better than bondage.’  His life sacrificed to invoke the seriousness of his devotion into T’Challa in hopes that the king will take action.

 

Most Blacks, at least the ones I associate with, understand Killmonger’s motives and can sympathize with him, but we don’t seek domination or retribution.  We still have our integrity in tact.  We desire the oppression to end and social justice to become primary but not at the expense of becoming an Oppressor.  We just want right.  Freedom.  Equality.  And opportunity.  We want a Wakanda to exist in reality so that it can prove to the world that Africans can produce great things when fortuity is awarded. 


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21 hours ago, MAFOOMBAY said:

A man (any person) can only take so much and will ultimately display the qualities of their oppressor. 

 

21 hours ago, MAFOOMBAY said:

But without adversity how can you succeed rightfully?  How can you discern good from evil?  There has to be a common ground, a point before breaking, that leaves you thirsty for change balanced with a strong sense of integrity.

 

21 hours ago, MAFOOMBAY said:

We desire the oppression to end and social justice to become primary

 

All three of these points are connected.  While it's reported that europeans came armed with guns and bibles to colonize African countries - they didn't have control over their (Africans) minds.  Unfortunately, many had succumbed to the ideology of the oppressor  instead of powering through the adversity to succeed with their own morals of social justice, way of life and abilities intact.  

 

Just like perennials will find their way through the cracks of cement to bloom on the surface, no amount oppression can make one abandoned their morals or belief system.  If it does then death is far better for those types.  

We of African ascent who are here in America obviously had far stronger ancestors than those whose bodies lie at the bottom of the ocean.   

Edit: To be clear, the story ended for those who are at the bottom of the ocean.   
 

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For me, I've learned to never fault someone for their fate (decision) - for reaching their breaking point; I'm just thankful that I haven't reached mine...

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17 hours ago, MAFOOMBAY said:

for their fate (decision) - for reaching their breaking point;

Re: this sentiment

It's a choice.  And it absolutely explains why some in the black community choose escapism.    

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I used to believe it was a choice but now I've come to realize that there are too many outside factors that influence us.  The nature/nurture argument is real and as a result, are we really making a decision or is it our instinct and learning directing our path?  Between 'triggers' alerting our sub-conscious and our innate survival instinct, a 'choice' sometimes is just a fulfillment to survive - hence escapism.

 

We need to better learn how to control our control-ables i.e what we eat, read, experience, etc. and through those methods extend our breaking point threshold or destroy it all together.

 

But what's ironic, the more you learn and experience, especially from a Black perspective, you may decrease or become numb to triggers that affect your psyche but that light at the end of the tunnel gets smaller and smaller...

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15 hours ago, MAFOOMBAY said:

I used to believe it was a choice

 

@MAFOOMBAY  it seems as if you still do - much of what you've written here is what I would use in an syllogism to support choice.  :)
 

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