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“The Truth We Omit”: How Black Panther Addresses Fatherhood

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  1. Thomas W. says:

    I think the only thing in this movie that confuses me is why would the elder King hide his execution of his brother? His brother, having committed crimes against Wakanda, who then attempted to kill the King upon being told he would be taken back to Wakanda for trial, was immediately executed instead. With a witness present, I’m not sure what the fear was that it needed to be hidden, as I would assume a King has the authority to make that judgement, esp having been attacked from behind.
    Understandable its a plot device to create a killmonger, but help me out if I’m missing something here?

    I’m also assuming the Jordan is left behind as a child because he’s half American, and because the sins of the parent are judged upon the next generation too?

    Anyway, the movie was fantastic as a whole. It did a great job of exploring all of these themes, themes which cross over to any other culture, and does so without dichotomizing the answers to those themes. I appreciate the article here and it’s focus on one of those major themes. It’s well written.

    Probably my favorite scene is the end, where T’Challa offers Killmonger mercy and a path to redemption, even after everything that had occurred. And yet, he doesn’t take it. He dies refusing the mercy of the King, refusing to realize the only thing that needed to die was his own ideology of revenge and power.

  2. Eddie says:

    Great article bro’! Good insights into the characters and their respective mindsets, “ideologies” if you will. Appreciate this article and helping us to look deeper into the relationships between the fathers and the sons they love. Good stuff. GOD bless you man!

  3. Tremaine M says:

    This is awesome! The scene I’m still tripping on N’Jadaka’s first time in the throne room because it was my contrast to T’Challa’s affirmation scene with his father. IT WAS SO POWERFUL ON SO MANY LEVELS! As a child of divorce it spoke to me this way:

    N’Jadaka didn’t drop the subject until they asked him his name. He spent his whole life waiting for his moment to assert his identity himself because N’Jobu wasn’t there to do it (even if he wanted to). He put his whole being into that one line of Wakandan because he knew it was his one chance to be affirmed by his people.

    1. Tremaine M says:

      Further, I don’t think N’Jadaka’s method is effective; it doesn’t fill that hole. Michael B. Jordan did an amazing job portraying that incompleteness. I’m thankful to have a healthy, affirming relationship with my father even without having him in the house during important times.

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