In typical fashion, the staggering success of Black Panther has some non-Black people in their feelings, especially non-Black people of color. You see them on Twitter; after countless White-as-hell movies (not just from Marvel), they waited until Black Panther came out before asking when they're gonna get their representation.
And I'll be perfectly honest: Never.
Reason #1 - Black Panther is a byproduct of Black anger.
Like it or not, agree with it or not, but Black movies in general get made because Black people are "loud", "angry", and "pushy". Hey...angry get shits done.
The squeakiest wheel gets the oil, not the passive aggressive wheels on Twitter, Facebook, and wherever else it's safe to express your displeasure without actually setting things in motion, or running the risk of facing any negative consequences.
Black people voice our displeasure loud and clear wherever, whenever. We deliberately make nuisances of ourselves because if we can't enjoy peace, prosperity, and equity, then nobody gets to. You might have your White/White adjacent privilege, but you won't get to enjoy it in peace. We will fuck up your day. We're the tiny human who will swallow Monopoly pieces with a straight face and no hesitation when the other tiny humans are being assholes, telling us we can't play.
Whenever we don't see ourselves in a film, a TV show, or a play, we call it out - consistently. We're Black people. We spawned the whole ass human race. We're everywhere. We've always been everywhere. We see Blackness/potential Blackness in everything. So no...we won't sit back, quietly grumbling to ourselves when other people try to erase us. We go ham.
Reason #2 - Black Panther's been all hands on deck from day one.
The African Diaspora is represented in front of and behind the camera. Black people from across the globe came together to make this happen. Pan-Africanism is the underlying theme in the script, the music, the clothes, the cast and the crew. Yes, angry gets shit done, but unity gives it focus, discipline, inspiration, and long-term vision. Anger may motivate you to FINALLY get up and do something about a problem, but unity will give your actions strength and your words weight. One angry Black person talking can easily be dismissed. But two billion angry Black people worldwide will be heard - trust.
The African Diaspora did not only make this film happen, it also showed up and showed out for this movie to ensure its success in theaters. That means Black people across continents came out to support this film. And as a global diaspora, we left theaters feeling prouder, stronger, and more like a squad than ever before.
Sooooo...if various subgroups in within your racial category are busy bickering about who gets to look down on whom, y'all ain't gon do shit, y'all ain't gon be shit, and y'all will only have y'all selves to blame.
Reason #3 - Black Panther is a celebration of Black pride and melanin magnificence.
Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of non-Black POC I've interacted with consistently uphold Whiteness as the alpha and omega of human existence, while simultaneously perpetuating anti-Blackness in their respective communities.
They often try to distance themselves from their heritages. They maintain condescending attitudes towards POC in general (especially Black people). They work so hard to achieve and sustain White adjacent status, that they don't care what they're sacrificing in the process (like respectful representation in media, for example).
And when they finally do get upset about something unjust or discriminatory, they become useless, directionless, ineffectual keyboard warriors whose words carry no weight and whose glaring lack of action - surprise, surprise - generates no momentum.
Since their behavior is often indicative of deep self-loathing, their calls for their own versions of Black Panther, Luke Cage, Black Girl Magic, Black Excellence, Black Lives Matter, etc. not only ring hollow, but actually come across as laughable.
Reason #4 - Black Panther the best recent example of #BlackExcellence, with a dash of #NotYourMule.
Now...the reason Non-Black POC wait until a movie like Black Panther comes out (or a hashtag like #BlackHogwarts starts trending), is that they're upset Black people - whom they love to look down on and never hesitate to throw under the bus - are getting something they want and feel they are more entitled to. In short, they don't complain as much when White people are center stage because they've conditioned themselves to accept the lie that they're not as deserving as White folks.
But since they sure as hell feel they're more deserving than Black people, they choose moments like these to rain on our parade.
They also harbor the expectation that if Black people get any kind of a come-up, we're "obligated" to automatically turn around and uplift them as well.
Hell, no. This is 2018. The Age of Black Muling is long over. We are now living in the Age of Janet Jackson - what the fuck have you done for me lately?
Cuz Lord knows that Black people worldwide putting ourselves first is everybody's biggest fear.
Conclusion: You ain't gon get what we got cuz you ain't willing to do like we do.
You can't have something like Black Panther if you're nothing like Black people. Some of y'all have worked hard to distance yourselves from us and anything resembling us...until you want something from us. Well, that's not going to work anymore. You're going to literally have to get up and get out there, do all the things you don't want to do and be everything you've avoided being, otherwise you ain't gonna get a single solitary goddamn thing.
P.S. Don't come on here with some #NotAll bullshit - I know. That's not the point. That's the silencing/derailing tactic of useless, directionless, ineffectual keyboard warriors, and ain't nobody got time for those.
"Don't Speak to Us That Way"