According to an African proverb “The child who is not embraced by the village, will burn it down to feel its warmth”
I don’t know how many of you believe this, but we saw the reality of this proverb in #BlackPanther and some people could relate well with Killmonger despite him being the villain of the story… a very compelling character he is. Some people connected with him because one way or the other, his role in the movie relates well to the reality of a lot of people, especially some Black Americans who sometimes due to the actions of the system can make them feel displaced. But this is not about Black Americans, is it?
Truth is, We have Killmongers in our different tribes who for one reason or the other feel like an outcast and that theme isn’t being popularly discussed within our groups after watching Black Panther. I hear someone saying “How is it my fault?” It might not be your fault, but also remember that it wasn’t Tchalla’s fault either and he and his people received their own share of Killmonger’s anger when it spilled.
While Black Panther is an amazing movie for me, we cannot be blind to the fact that it also highlights our flaws of not wanting to associate with what we consider a failure because of differences or destroying what we do not want. It shed light on the pick and choose system where we feel we can always pick what we want and leave the rest, going our ways, blinded to their pains and we forget that these people, these Killmongers will come for us or our children tomorrow, maybe not by war… it might be as subtle as what they’ll teach them or train them to become.
So are you a father or mother with children but consider everyone better but one? Are you a group of friends who act very close knitted but distance yourself from one or one of you feel like they don’t belong in a zone, tribe or click you find yourself in, trust me, I’ve been there, it sucks!
No human should be subjected to such feelings. Nobody should be made to feel like they don’t belong anywhere and if you are directly or indirectly doing that to someone, then guess what? You’ve got yourself a Killmonger who might eventually destroy everything you hold dear or might be very happy to see you ruin yourself or be ruined… not because they want you to be ruined, but because they know that it is that thing/person/friendship/love that took their place in your life. So like Killmonger, if they can’t enjoy it, nobody should be able to have it at All.
So as we are taking ourselves, kids, the younger generations to go watch this phenomenal movie, let us ask ourselves the simple question of how are we dealing with the Killmongers around us? How are we ensuring that there are no Killmongers within us? How are we trying to change that narrative and not create monsters we cannot contain? Because when we focus so hard on creating the #WakandaNation we all want to live in forever, that Killmonger we overlooked will bring everything to its knees in minutes and shatter everything that generations should depend on for livelihood and growth.
So what do you think can be done about Africans like Killmonger whom society has rejected with no better explanation and how do you think we can be more sensitive in our approach with humans who might become Killmongers tomorrow?
I’ll appreciate every response I can get from you guys as I am also learning.