Is Now a Good Time to Ask?
There’s a question that has been bugging me ever since I first viewed Black Panther. I mean, I get it. I totally get it. Not only did I get it, I got it.
As a movie buff vicious abolitionist (who would be a non-stop movie review guy if racism wasn’t a thing), I love the Black Panther movie. I had a great time witnessing yet another Ryan Coogler movie. I’ve been following this director since Fruitvale Station so I love the feeling of being among the few who knew of this prodigy’s talent before everyone else caught on.
After Shuri, (brilliantly played by Letitia Wright) quipped, “…another white boy to fix”, I’m just wondering: Am I good to speak on the fact that Wakanda has a horrible track record for fixing Black heroes?
I mean shit, have you seen Misty Knight’s arm for Luke Cage season 2?
Misty Knight is an ace Harlem detective featured in the Luke Cage series. She is played by the beautiful Simone Messick. As a fan of Luke Cage, it was already known that it’s only a matter of time before she loses her right arm. Since her arm got sliced off in the Defenders series, I myself had a serious curiosity on how her cybernetic arm will be displayed.
As far as the Marvel Comics lore goes, that cybernetic arm is supposed to be Stark technology (i.e., Iron Man). That thing look like it came from a Cracker Jack box. That thing looks like a third grader’s science fair project. That thing looks like it’s made out of Legos. Get the fuck outta here.
Black Injuries Goes Unnoticed by T’Challa
Fixing the psychological problems of the Winter Soldier wasn’t a big deal in itself. As first, it didn’t even register; all it looked like was Captain America asking T’Challa (Black Panther) if he could keep a man hidden, in good keeping. But after witnessing vibranium pearls of black girl magic shoved into a different white guy’s back — which not only allowed him to live but also made it possible that he survives unparalyzed — I feel compelled to state that Wakanda ain’t shit in regards to black folks suffering in critical injuries.
Shuri, the omnidisciplinary scientist in the Black Panther movie has fixed both mind and body of white men. Whatever it took to get into the mind of a brainwashed assassin — and the back of a shady CIA agent — she did it.
Speaking on backs, I’m still wondering why Jim Rhodes — War Machine — couldn’t get medical aid from our Wakandan king when he was paralyzed in Captain America: Civil War.
Now if you watched Dr. Strange you might have caught the fact that he arrogantly turned down doing the surgery on the back of an “Air Force Colonel”. As much as I hated that about Dr. Strange, fuck him too. That’s why he got his hands broke. Karma, bitch.
I’m still mad on how T’Challa didn’t snatch up War Machine and haul him into a Wakandan ICU.
Hell, Killmonger was more correct than I thought. I wonder what Erik Killmonger would have thought, had he also realized Misty Knight and War Machine’s black asses are sitting around with Fisher-Price, Sesame Street style prosthetics with NO outcry from T’Challa, while he frequently orders the smartest tech in MCU to flat out heal all white men with the precision that borderlines sorcery?
You know what?
T’Challa deserved to get his ass beat on that waterfall. Yeah, I said it.
T’Challa practically went All Lives Matter when you realize he’s 0-2 in regards to healing black heroes. And I’m not okay with that.