Why is ‘Black Panther’ so Important?
Anaya Chambers There have been multiple social media posts about the new movie, Black Panther, questioning why people are so happy for it to be released. Some showed their excitement and their support of the movie...others shared that they thought the movie was racist to people of other ethnicities because there were only two other main characters in the movie who were another race. The movie had almost an all-black cast, and some did not like this. Although, many other people of different races and cultures don’t see this movie as a problem. Most of the posts comment that the all-black cast is an issue feel that the film lacked a diverse main cast, but within the context of the film, it does not make sense to have more people of different ethnicities in a movie all about a hidden African country. Wakanda was never colonized and was hidden behind its borders and never let outsiders in, so a person who was not African wouldn’t just pop up in the middle of the film. Even though it is not a problem when any other movie either has an all-white cast or almost an all-white cast with only two or three people from a different ethnicity, it is only a problem when a movie like this comes out and has a big impact on people like this one does. Many African Americans were very excited when the trailer for Black Panther first popped up onto the internet. The film has an impressive cast, consisting of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurirai, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, and many more amazing actors and actresses. For the first black superhero movie, the casting was amazing. Yes, we have had Storm, Halle Berry as Catwoman, Hancock, Cyborg, and much more but none of these are comparable to King T’Challa or even the all-women army, the Dora Milaje. The cast is also a plus when it comes to inspiring young African American boys and girls, not only African Americans, but others with African backgrounds as well. My friends who came along with me to watch the movie were so excited when we saw the all-women army in action for the first time. Hadley Rosengrant, a Bob Jones sophomore, said, “The whole time I was watching it, I was amazed by all the representation and all the amazing women in it, and even though I am not African-American, I still appreciated all the amazing people that made this film happen.”