Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Just saw Panther (maybe minor Spoilers)
Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 11:20:19 am EST (Viewed 1187 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Just saw Panther (maybe minor Spoilers)
Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 08:56:25 am EST (Viewed 1238 times)

    I've always liked Wakanda. An African nation that has the smartest scientists in the world but the nation is also arrogant, xenophobic and while not actually racist they are elitists that look down on anyone who isn't Wakandan. Instead of painting them as a good country or a bad country they're portrayed as a deeply flawed country with some of the brightest minds on earth.

Yep, I like Wakanda too. But, I'm not too sure I like the evolution to arrogance and elitism. I like the nobility aspect that was Wakanda, and T'Challa's, original depiction. T'Challa not wanting to grab a woman as a hostage because it wouldn't be honorable (Avengers #177), that's the T'Challa I like.

    Wakanda is one of Lee and Kirby's more interesting ideas IMO. It's a country that can compete economically with the USA and European countries and has the money and technology to encourage other countries to negotiate with them. Sadly in the real world I think most of Africa is still paying for mistakes the European countries made when partitioning Africa and plundering its resources.

While British and French empires redrawing the African map was devastating, let's not over-dramatize the effect. European Imperialism has been over for some 50-odd years. That's plenty of time to bounce back, and East Asia has done so. Quite nicely, in fact. If Africa hasn't, it says more about African culture, than European. No one forced Robert Mugabe to destroy his country. Or General Amin, or the butchers in Rwanda. Africans have to take responsibility for their own actions. War, slavery, abuse of power...all these things existed in Africa before the first European set foot on the continent (witness Coptic Egypt). Wakanda is a nice fantasy. But, it's just a fantasy. It doesn't underline European Imperialism in any way.

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