Not since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream Speech” and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has there been so historic a moment for the black community as the release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie in theaters on Thursday. At least, that’s the narrative being pushed by numerous media outlets, and now they’re being mocked for it by an anti-Black Lives Matter, pro-black group.
“Why ‘Black Panther’ is a defining moment for black America,” wrote the New York Times, adding that the film reimagines “Africa as a dream of our wholeness, greatness, and self-realization.”
Indeed, much of the film focuses on the fictional planet of Wakanda, which resembles what Africa would supposedly look like with less white Western imperialistic influence.
“The Wonder of Wakanda: How this black utopian space is a game changer for artists and audiences,” wrote left-wing black publication The Root.
“This is the movie I wish I’d had to look up to,” wrote “Black Panther” writer Joe Robert Cole, according to the UK’s The Guardian.
He also told liberal publication Mother Jones that, “‘Black Panther’ is a historic opportunity to be a part of something important and special, particularly at a time when African Americans are affirming their identities while dealing with vilification and dehumanization. The image of a black hero on this scale is just really exciting.”
Fortune magazine contributor James Braxton Peterson even wrote, “Black Panther wants to save us from Donald Trump.”
But pro-Africa group Hotep Nation, which says it’s anti-Democrat and is often smeared by the left-wing media, sneered at all the mainstream and liberal media publications acting like “Black Panther” will be the savior of the African-American community.
Hotep Nation, which describes itself as an “existential super-culture to create a better America and world,” remarked that it’s “quite fascinating while embarrassing, that it takes a fictional character to inspire African pride.”
The group pointed out that teaching black kids to find value in fictional movie characters teaches them that if “they don’t see themselves on a screen they are worthless” rather than teaching kids how to “cultivate self-worth on their own.”
Hotep added that “It’s just a movie. After you see it, nothing is going to change.”
Movies like “Black Panther” are about representing the black community, but Hotep argues that “Representation won’t teach valuable skills, it won’t stop black on black crime and it won’t provide any generational wealth.”
But as progressive as liberals are trying to make the movie seem, many are complaining that it focuses too much on being a superhero action movie than pushing an agenda and isn’t nearly liberal enough.
“Black Panther” is opening in movie theaters Thursday evening.
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