I probably do not need to inform you that black people are survivors. Hopefully, I also don’t have to explain my reasoning for stating black folks– if I can speak for black folks just when– aren’t having as great a time in America as we were, say, eight years ago. Not to state it’s as bad as it was in the 19th century, but of course that’s an incredibly low bar for determining how people should be dealt with. Development has actually been made, sure. Right here in the non-Marvel universe, in a world and nation where we are always the bad guys– whether we have regrettable names like Killmonger and grew up in the streets or not– African-Americans are still defending humankind.
That’s where Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger connects. It’s no coincidence that this is the same actor who represented Oscar Grant, along with Adonis, the son born out of wedlock to Apollo Creed, the person who was beaten to death by a white guy. With your eyes appropriately focused, you can even see traces of the tragic character Wallace from The Wire, reanimated, and now all set, ready and able to retaliate. You know you should not root for him, however you may have in fact seen the film Roots, so possibly you might be forgiven for having a moment where even if you don’t like Killmonger, you feel him.