Dave Galanter
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The Black Guardian

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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Just saw Panther (maybe minor Spoilers)
Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 at 08:31:11 am EST (Viewed 1123 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Just saw Panther (maybe minor Spoilers)
Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 at 01:48:14 am EST (Viewed 1194 times)


      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.

This wasn't really evolution to it. Wakanda has always been this way.

    I like their elitism. They've built a country they can be proud of. Why do black characters always have to either be a) thugs or b) saints?

    Wakandans (not counting T'Challa) are often jerks. But they're not evil. Wakandans are almost like black Repulicans or fans of Ayn Rand's philosophy. They're proud of what they've built and don't want to share with the world. It's a complex perspective to give black characters when black characters are usually either portrayed as a negative thug stereotype or portrayed as so saintly they lack any nuance.

Eh... being Randian is a generally a sign of evilness, imo. As is isolationism. And no, what Wakanda has done is purely for selfish reasons. Thankfully, T'Challa is seeing this by the end of the movie.

But I do agree that it's nice to have some shades of grey.

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