(1) Killmonger's revolutionary impulse is characterized as misguided and his analysis embittered, limited to personal experience, and theoretically unfounded. It erases, like, a solid 150 years-worth of critical race and anti-capitalist theory that was born of the Black experiences in the Americas.
(2) Killmonger's mother (a Diasporic African woman) is completely unaccounted for within the story which, at best, is a narrative oversight and, at worst, is, well, anti-black AF (for further context on how a movie about Africans can be anti-black see Malcolm X speech about how African comrades visiting the States could eat at restaurants where 'Coloreds' were not allowed - lemme find this reference right quick).
(3) Re: Killmonger's dying words - romanticize Black suicide if you will, but there are a lot of unsettled spirits at the bottom of the Atlantic who I pray and light candles for regularly. See me - I'm pretty glad my ancestors didn't opt for that. I don't think we are out of options in the way that I believe them to have, understandably, felt that they were on a slave ship and I'm not trying to tap into that energy cause, well, it's not a collective solution. TBH.
(4) What kinda neo-liberal hell do we live in where starting a non-profit in the United States and committing to the redistribution of wealth THROUGH and/or in collaboration with THE UNITED mother-fucking NATIONS is revolutionary?
(5) Why is Dr. Watson here??? And why has Wakanda chosen him to shoot down the planes that are sending the weapons out to "oppressed people" to revolt against their respective nation states?
(6) T'Challa could've saved Killmonger the same way he saved Dr. Watson, with a bead from his bracelet *side eye*
(7) Michael "Bae" Jordan with them golds though *swoon*
(8) It's just an American film with a black screenwriter, director, and actors; and film (Hollywood especially) has always been propaganda. This reality undermines the whole safe space construct - the idea that people with whom we share identities won't propagate our suppression. I mean, it was entertaining though or whatever.
(9) Speaking of safe space, everybody wants to be in Wakanda but can't even navigate interpersonal issues with Black people who live in their neighborhood lol.
(10) I saw some folks sharing some bullshit post about 'don't over politicize' Black Panther. How, Sway?! Are we, black people, really arguing for art to be depoliticized? As if that's even possible. Guys. C'mon.
(11) But, like I said, Michael "Bae" Jordan with them golds, lawd.
(12) Wakanda - as a nation whose borders would have been defined by Europe in the Berlin Conference - is comprised of several ethnic groups (real, real) that relate to the King as vassal states and have varying aesthetics from tailored suits and lip plates to wool-looking shawls that double as shields worn by men who herd rhinos. Thank you, costume designer Ruth Carter (I had brunch at her house once courtesy of Douriean Fletcher, who designed the jewelry for the film).
(13) I see myself best reflected in Killmonger's mama. Representation matters :)