Black Panther is emblematic of the most productive responses to bigotry: rather than going for hearts and minds of racists, it celebrates what those who choose to prohibit equal representation and rights are ignoring, willfully or not.To say "willfully or not," is to suggest that the problem of representation is profoundly systemic and linked to power that rests at the core of minority-majority relations in society. It's sad to think that it has taken this long for Hollywood to produce a box office hit like this one.
While this decidedly has to do with African Americans' marginalization within the film industry where movie directors are mostly white, it also reflects a preference or desire to not want to empower black people.
Still, we must celebrate Black Panther as an unparalleled, cinematic achievement with revolutionary power indeed. Read on.