Class clashes in Black Panther:
tribal rituals trump reason
You wake up in the morning, turn on your computer after fixing a coffee, and read the world and national news from a variety of blog sites, some of them your regulars (Sultan Knish, Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, Diana West, Gatestone, etc.). You’re overwhelmed by a waterfall of information. You’re inundated by the volume of things you’d like to compose a column about. But it’s hard to choose, because not a thing you read doesn’t flash its importance like a neon sign. They’re all important, just more ticks in the advance of cultural Marxism in the government, in society, and just in general.
You read the MSM sites to absorb the latest victory lap about the transgendering of society, or how Muslim “immigrants” were sentenced in Britain for repeated rapes of white British girls and children, but were given light or no sentences. But you do not believe what they have to say or report. You keep getting special invitations to subscribe to the New York Times and the Washington Post , via links from other blog sites with full transcriptions of significant articles of those articles, but you refuse to pay a dime to get regular news from the Gray Lady with a Walker, and its disinformation clone, Jeff Bezos’s new toy, the Washington Post, not after all the lies and evasions both newspapers have promoted and circulated, going as far back as Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize award-winning articles on the Soviet Union that denied mass starvation and government murders in Stalin’s “paradise”.
Speaking of a Stalinesqe paradise, we visit again Black Panther, the latest victory lap of Cultural Marxism, courtesy of Hollywood. This is the fictional African country, Wakanda, that the MSM has touted as a glorious booster of black pride and a new direction of super-hero films. Black Panther is "soul food."Wakanda is a hidden country whose Ayn Rand-borrowed device hides the country from prying eyes, has eschewd all contact with the world beyond its closed borders, and owes its existence to a vibranium meteor that fell into the regions ages ago, giving the tribe that found it magical powers. Wakanda is a kind of Shakespearean monarchy of elites whose throne is up for grabs, but with far less literacy or literary value.
Why is a hereditary monarchy an expression of Cultural Marxism? You’re supposed to suspend belief in this action comic book movie for the sake of honoring “black pride,” just as we were supposed to suspend belief, when it was propagated by Walter Duranty, that Soviet Russia was a socialist utopia of plentitude and contentment.
With no historical indication of how Wakanda actually came to be, we are supposed to just prima facie, with no further investigation, questioning, or wonder, believe that Wakanda is superior in all respects to the West.
A Black Lives Matter symbol:
Coincidence or happenstance?
But “black pride” is an identity vehicle. It is a product of Marxism.
Marxism forecasts the overthrow of the capitalist system and establishing the equalization of everyone so that no one group rules over another – the rich over the poor, socialist factories over Mom and Pop shops, one ethnic group over another, and so on. America has never had a “socialist” mentality (except among the intellectuals of the Left and mainstream media pundits of the Left), and Marxism has never been bought by most Americans as a viable or even as a desirable social system. Americans would rather forge their own lives and futures, and not the government or some coterie of the “elite.”
Marxism has failed miserably anywhere it has tried. Marxism has impoverished or murdered the very “class” of people it purports to help (lately in Venezuela). It was advocated to fight the rich and the corrupt and tyrants, but all it has ever done is oppress the downtrodden and brutally squelch any resistance to the rule of the socialist elite.
Post-modernist Marxists have given up on convincing most people that they are a downtrodden “class” or that they are oppressed proletarians, and substituted a bewildering variety of post-modern “identities”: women, transsexuals, blacks, whites, Hispanics, the obese, children, and so on, all being bequeathed by ideology the “right” of expression and “self-determination.” Except perhaps “whites.” In the Marxists’ hidden lexicon are the terms communism and socialism
The Cultural Marxist character of Black Panther is that it creates a mythology for blacks to “believe in” or “relate” to. The rivals for the Wakandan throne, T'Challa (the “moderate” nice guy) and “Erik” Killmonger (the power-luster) engage in a physical battle to see who is “superior,” watched over by a bald, all-female bodyguard, the Dora Milaje. The Dora Milaje could easily evolve into something akin to Hitler’s Schutzstaffel (the Protection Squadron), to enforce the king’s will on all Wakandans, except that it’s armed with spears.
Wakanda can’t be a democracy as we know it, nor a republic. There is no inkling of what kind of government it has other than the hereditary monarchy that apparently has real and not just symbolic power, as many European monarchies have.
There are so many characters in the Marvel film and in the comic book series that it’s hard to keep track of them. One character, Zuni, who is the religious and “spiritual” advisor to the other main characters and the keeper of the sacred vibranium herb, appears and has a subsidiary role in the film. Wikipedia wrote of him:
The film borrows and filches so many gimmicks and features from its cinematic predecessors that one could make a career identifying them. Black Panther has been ginned up as a “black moment” to celebrate “blackness” but certainly not “diversity.” Louis Farrakhan would agree. It’s all about blackness, so you white people, stay out of the room. Which prompts another question: would Wakanda treat neighboring South Africa as a “good neighbor”? How would it view S.A.’s racist, anti-white government? Adopt a “different folks, different strokes” policy?