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Black Panther ‘s Killmonger and Why I Get His Anger!


Yes, Black Panther is killing it at the box office. The movie only confirms what some of us has known for years, that we are some dope ass people!  It’s nice to see that displayed on the big screen for a change. All of the characters in Black Panther were well thought out and developed. However, there was one character, Erik Killmonger  the villain, played brilliantly by  Jordan B. Johnson, that really stuck with me. After leaving the theater his last words “Nah, bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships. Because they knew death was better than bondage”,  lingered in my mind for quite a while.

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His role, I would argue is both brilliant and complex. For some, Black Panther is just a movie, which is true.  However, the complex issues regarding, race, culture, advancement, poverty, abandonment, resources, authority, headship, kingship, queenship, leadership, and colonization, are still very real and relevant topics impacting both African and African-American people.

When Killmonger mentioned how he was left and why Wakanda wasn’t using its  resources to help many others, I waited with angst to hear the response! I felt what he was asking,  because knowing that our ancestors were brought here forcefully and subsequently left here to fend for themselves in the brutal land of America and no one from Africa came to see about them-has left me with many questions?  Generations later,  they were  encouraged to go back,  but why didn’t anyone come see about them -now us? If we did go back, how would we know who we belonged too? Our ancestors were stripped of their identity.  For some of us, our knowledge stops at the boarders of the US.

I believe that some black Americans are in a serious state of mental decline and behave as they do because they are unaware of their history of royalty, dominance, brilliance, and inferiority.  They  lack a firm understanding of their beginnings.  The effects of colonization have become some severe.   That’s why I admired the fact that Killmonger’s father, Njobu, played by Sterling K. Brown, taught him his history and ensured that he would be accepted entry if he ever returned home.

Killmonger represents the future. Where black people are  pissed off enough to actually want to do something radical to change how people see and respect us.   For Killmonger, it wasn’t about saving the world, but instead about saving and elevating his people that were forgotten.  It was about challenging the old guard and the old ways of thinking.  It was about the sharing of resources, knowledge and wealth to elevate every Wakandian at home and abroad.

Killmonger also made me think about the bourgeoisie black people of society. Who gather wealth and resources and hoard them caring nothing about their sisters and brothers because ‘they got theirs”.  Ascending to great heights within the country, but only look out for their kind, ie family and friends, instead of making moves that could truly elevate a great segment of their people.

While Wakanda is fictional, buying up city blocks, establishing black tech hubs, respecting and honoring black women, occupying large seats at all levels of government, owning fortune 100 companies,  and protecting our youth is not!

May there be a little bit of Killmonger in each of us! #WakandaForever

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2 Thoughts to “Black Panther ‘s Killmonger and Why I Get His Anger!”

  1. Somebody

    It shouldn’t take a movie for black women to get some respect. It’s sad that it takes a fictional African Kingdom to make someone feel empowered. Important and worthy.
    Just like white people felt in the mostly white universe of Star Wars. But you know what, it takes being firmly rooted in reality to actually make a difference. So the next time you see those white college kids playing with light sabers, pretending to be a Jedi, think how little the world has moved in that direction since 1977 when Star Wars first came out. Not very far….because they are still living in a fantasy instead of facing the tough material world as it is, and bending it to their goals and desires. Because Black Panther portrayed a Black Culture like it’s never been before doesn’t make it reality. Reality is where we live, fantasy is where we dream.

    1. JanetMichelle

      Contrary to your post, it does take entertainment to make some feel empowered. It’s called influence, marketing and representation of black women in a respectable manner of which has not always been the case at the level Black Panther presented it. You don’t know what type of environment a person lives in. Maybe they aren’t surrounded by empowered individuals. So, if a movie leaves a little girl heck, or grown woman feeling empowered and uplifted that my friend is real not fictional. Now carry on and find something else to complain about!

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