Black dindus like Michael Brown and Trayvon get a lot of press, but does their clownishness eclipse a much stronger tendency toward K-urges in a silent black majority?
Wakanda is ruled by King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who is also known as the Black Panther. T’Challa is big on border security, believes Wakanda and Wakandans should come first, and fiercely protects his country’s culture from outsiders, including refugees. If this is all starting to sound familiar, it should. Also like President Donald Trump, T’Challa’s beliefs are not based on race. This is not a “black thing.” This is a culture/survival thing.
Even the progressive Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) — a more-than-capable spy and the woman T’Challa still carries a torch for (can you blame him?) — does not argue for open borders, liberal immigration policies, and a massive influx of refugees. She merely wants to export vibranium to help mankind.
The arrival of Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (an underused Michael B. Jordan) puts all of these arguments on hold. Killmonger (such a great name) is a man with mad killing skills and a burning grudge against Wakanda. T’Challa might be the Black Panther, but Killmonger is a Black Panther in the Huey Newton-Bobby Seale 1960 black nationalist sense. Like the Black Panther Party, Killmonger was born in Oakland, California, and to him everything is a “black thing.” He wants the vibranium exported in the form of weapons to overthrow white people…
If T’Challa is Trump, Killmonger is Black Lives Matter.
It is interesting, because white leftists will see this movie and want to migrate to T’Challa. The imagery of a K-selected foreign nation, hostile to outsiders, strong and wealthy, will fill them with positive sensations and awe because of that deep instinct inside r-strategists to love out-groups and want to migrate to them.
Meanwhile blacks, who have much less of that r-strategist, migrant-loving psychology will see their own people in that strong, nationalistic position, rejecting of outsiders, and they will like it too. This is one movie which is designed to appeal to white leftists and black K-strategist urges. Together, those two groups may comprise a larger potential audience than just conservatives alone.
It is an interesting marketing/production strategy. It might just be enough to make the movie a hit, despite what one would expect given the historical precedents of movies leftists aggressively shill.