Get Me Outa Wakanda!

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I finally got around to seeing the Black Panther movie Tuesday. I’ve been black nearly seven decades. My blackness does not require affirmation from the Disney/Marvel Comics Universe, where Tony Stark is a greedy Pentagon contractor, where Captain America is a genetically modified organism, where the Wakandan king and the wannabe king both work with/for the CIA, and where Daredevil’s pals (season 1 episode 4) note that investigative reporting on “teachers union scandals” is as personally perilous as crossing the Mafia.

For those of us aiming to build a better world, this movie is nothing short of enemy propaganda.


In the Black Panther movie, all the Wakandan players are royalty, their counselors, their advisors or their rivals. All the strikingly beautiful and capable Wakandan women take orders from men. The only unambiguous good guy is the Frodo looking CIA agent. The homicidal Killmonger character is calculated to sully the very notion of black rebellion against unjust authority, while Pan Africanism and humanism are defecated upon from multiple angles. Cinematic bar fights, car chases and battle scenes are a dime a dozen, and worst of all Wakanda isn’t even rendered in any visually inspiring way.


The movie disrespects its audience and is a standing insult to science fiction and afro futurism. As Dr. Jared Ball points out, we can’t just go make and market another movie to compete with this one. Disney/Marvel Studios put tens of millions into the promotion of this thing alone, and for now millions of people are buying their message. That’s called cultural hegemony.

Those who would drink from this nasty water for “affirmation” and “black joy” must be deeply desperately thirsty. And evidently thirst confuses before it kills.

The only good thing I got from this movie was the motivation to look for and find some real, respectful, challenging and innovative science fiction and afro-futurism, preferably written by some black women to wash the rancid taste of Marvel’s superhero industrial complex from the inside of my head.


I wasn’t going to record this commentary for Black Agenda Radio. Originally it was a Facebook post, but it generated such a response that it deserved a life outside of corporate social media.

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  • Doña Susy

    I suppose they’ll eventually find a way, though…especially since Google owns Gmail.

  • mwildfire

    Thanks for letting me know what that movie is all about, that I needn’t bother with it. Black female science fiction–Octavia Butler, of course. I don’t know who else.

  • Alex Mercedes

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  • Sherwood Forrest

    Dr. Flowers, how admirable that you take the time to read the comments linked to your site, and to offer assistance to readers. So few activists do that. Recently comments and interactions involving visitors to most “progressive” platforms have been increasingly policed and curtailed. I’ll bet you’ve noticed.

  • Margaret Flowers

    Thank you. I haven’t noticed what is happening on other sites because I don’t have much time to keep up with comments elsewhere. I do try to keep up with them on our site. 🙂

  • Sherwood Forrest

    I get what you’re saying, but ask around and you will find a general tightening of expression across all American Left sites. It’s bigger than the vital concept of net neutrality. It’s systematic censorship, and it affects Popular Resistance too, because how will readers become aware of your work without referrals on other sites?