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The Enduring Relevance of the Black Panther

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As the Black Panther has become an increasingly more prominent character, especially now that the movie has been released I’ve been thinking. Thinking about why this character has been so important to me personally, to the community of black writers, nerds, actresses, and podcasters that I interact with, and ultimately to many in the African diaspora. My conclusion is that T’Challa matters because of the world he connects us to, what he embodies as a character, and the questions that his existence forces us to ponder.

The fictional nation of Wakanda connects us to the idea of what Africa nations could have become without intervention from the West. The African continent has been plagued by the legacy of the triangle slave trade and colonialism.  Those two events and their continuing legacy have hampered the development of African nations, forced Western beliefs and ideology upon them without their consent.  The descendants…

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