I loved LeBron’s classy clapback at Laura Ingraham and FOX. Hashtag “WeWillNotShutUpandDribble”. So when one of my mentors used this Boston Review hit piece to validate his reluctance to see Marvel’s Black Panther movie, which I view as a shaping event in cultural evolution, I thought I’d write a small clapback of my own on why the BP film is so important. To begin with, the title– “Black Panther is Not the Movie We Deserve”– lol, what entitlement– “We” don’t “deserve” anything.
the Boston Review piece–
The change that the movie supposedly heralds is black empowerment to effectively challenge racist narratives.
???? WTH? where is that coming from? Maybe I’m compromised because I have read and cherished the comix from the Ta-Nehisi Coates reboot, but one of the (many) major themes is terrorism. Killmonger is a terrorist. Chris Lebron moaning about how Killmonger isnt Loki is just spectacularly irrelevant.
From 2016: TNC’s own words about the reboot.
WIRED: What’s your take on the politics of Wakanda?
TNC: Wakanda is the most advanced nation on earth—in certain renditions of Black Panther, these guys came up with a cure for cancer—and yet it has the most primitive form of governance on the planet: absolute monarchy. The one case an absolute monarch can make is “I keep the people safe.” What happens in a country where that’s no longer true? How do the people feel about that? That’s the story we’re telling.