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Black Panther is the story of a mythical African country known as Wakanda. To outsiders, Wakanda appears to be just like any other Third World African nation. In reality, Wakanda is the most peaceful, richest, and most technologically advanced nation on the planet. This is due to their possession of an alien substance called vibranium.
Wakanda is an all-black nation that is isolationist, anti-immigrant, and anti-refugee. In other words, Wakanda is a black ethnostate. However, it is not that Wakanda is racist per se. It only restricts itself because that is in the best interest of its citizens. I believe that Wakanda is the most powerful concept in the movie.
Wakanda is led by the powerful and wise king T’Challa. T’Challa’s kingship is challenged by the villain Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, who also happens to be black. Killmonger wants to give vibranium to blacks worldwide so that the will be able to overthrow their white oppressors. Thus, the movie avoids falling into a simplistic dichotomy of “black man good, white man bad.”
While there is a lot of adventure in the movie, the piece of the story that has really captured the imagination of black movie goers is Wakanda itself. Here is an African nation that is completely independent of Western aid with competent and honest leadership. This contrasts with the African nations of today which are too often characterized by poverty and corrupt leaders. MSNBC personality Joy Ann Reid wrote:"Contrast Wakanda with the Africa of today, a continent too often depicted in movies and the scant Western news coverage it receives as nothing more than a collection of backward and impoverished nations ruled by corrupt regimes and ripped apart by colonialism and dictatorship; what the current American president called “shithole” countries. Few realize the gleaming cities and rich, vibrant history this vast region holds. (My godmother’s old history books, stacked in her little library in the Bronx, literally take Egypt physically out of Africa.) "
While Reid is diametrically opposed to Donald Trump, the irony is that Wakanda is sort of much more extreme version of what Trump wants for the United States. Trump wants to minimize the number of refugees and immigrants that the US accepts. Wakanda does not permit any refugees or immigrants at all. Like Trump, Wakanda does not do this out of any hatred or racism, but out of the simple recognition that a ruler must put the good if his citizens first.