King T’Challa, or Black Panther, is one of the few well-received black superhero character cranked out by Marvel Comics, others including the likes of Luke Cage (Power Man) and Nick Fury (who underwent a dramatic racial shift from white to black). Ruth E. Carter, an African-American costume designer, even specified that her involvement and understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement has dramatically influenced her approach to the Black Panther movie. What is important to notice, and what many conservatives will quickly realise upon a closer inspection of Wakandan culture, is that the character of T’Challa resembles the socio-political worldview of the alt-right.
Despite the current predicament of the contemporary world and the rampancy that we face at the hands of those on the far left, Black Panther is not a character whose backstory, morals, or goals will cater to globalists, multiculturalists, or SJWs. Black Pidgeon Speaks, a cultural commentator whose Youtube channel boasts over 200,000 subscribers, points out several tenants of Black Panther’s character that paints a portrait of T’Challa as a “hero of the alt-right.”
Firstly, Black Panther is anti-globalist. The epitome of his heroism is stemmed in a strong nationalistic conviction that constantly places the wellbeing of his people’s history, culture, and identity over any external attempts a globalising or eradicating Wakanda’s (the fictional African country in the Marvel universe) spirit. In this sense, T’Challa expresses a strikingly neo-Nazi tendency. Wakanda is a hierarchal society that is intentionally racially homogeneous, and its immigration policy is essentially isolationist. Other cultures and influences are not permitted within Wakandan borders, as Black Panther believes them to be harmful to the wellbeing of his people.
This is in direct opposition to what the Black Lives Matter movement stands for: diversity, globalism, transgender affirmation, and collective value. Instead of diversity, T’Challa ensures that the border of Wakanda is secured and that its population remains nearly exclusively Wakandan. Instead of globalism, Wakanda is an isolationist country. Instead of transgenderism, Wakanda thrives on the backs of traditional family units, with T’Challa himself being a straight male with a positive relationship with his father, who had been married to a woman. Instead of collective value or socialism, T’Challa goes as far to destroy his country’s source of vibranium (a fictional metal that gave Wakanda an amazing economy) so that his people would become hard working individuals and not rely on external aid.
Secondly, the Kingdom of Wakanda is not a constitutional republic, democracy, or any other form of governmental rule that emerged from the Enlightenment. It in no way represents the modern American people, regardless of ethnicity. T’Challa is a monarch who rules absolutely, and Wakanda is a nation that has historically thrived as a caesaropapist society; that is, the king rules both as the national religious leader and the commander-in-chief. In Wakanda, there is no separation of Church and State, and T’Challa is the authoritarian ruler of every aspect of Wakandan society.
Thirdly, and perhaps the most characteristically anti-globalist aspect of Wakandan society, is the fact that although Wakanda possesses universal healthcare and a cure for cancer, its government refuses to assist other countries and instead provides such services for its citizens. Immigrants are non-existent, and the extremely isolationist policies of Wakanda are evident in the fact that its government is chiefly concerned with the wellbeing of its own people rather than establishing what progressives might label a “multicultural utopia.”
Based on these elementary observations, it is abundantly clear that Black Panther is indeed, as Black Pidgeon Speaks puts it, a hero of the alt-right. Personifying a political philosophy often associated with the Dark Enlightenment, Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda exemplifies a nationalist socialist’s utopia. In short, T’Challa is basically Hitler when it comes to ruling his country, and neo-Nazis everywhere are looking forward to seeing their favourite totalitarian, monarchist, nationalist, isolationist, chauvinist, racially homogeneous superhero hit the big screen in 2018.