I Understand Erik Killmonger

Disclaimer: There are copious amounts of spoilers in this post. Don’t say I didn’t give a warning.

So, I, like everyone else, saw Black Panther this weekend. I mean, there was NO WAY I was going to miss this movie, son! Shit, I wouldn’t care if I was crippled and stricken with leprosy. All I know is, Lawrence Charles was going to the cotdamn theater, man! Now, with all of that being said, the movie was awesome, fam! However; I’m not here to talk about that, bruh. Frankly, we all knew the movie was going to be dope. Instead, I want to talk about the film’s “villain,” Erik Killmonger. All in all, while he may have committed some WILD atrocities, I actually understood him, folks. In any case, let’s talk about the mindset of a madman.

Ok, before I continue, let me get the obvious out of the way. Now, Killmonger did A LOT of fucked up shit, son. Hell, he shot his girlfriend, killed Zuri, roughed up a bunch of elders and countless other moments of fuckery. But, he was operating from a place of unadulterated and calculated fury. On the real, he’s the quintessential example of the forgotten Black child. The child that was left to fend for himself/herself. The child that could’ve used some resources and guidance. The child that simply needed to know what love felt like. Instead, their hearts became hardened and they want to take their pain out on everyone.

Now, as Killmonger grew older, he realized that there were people who could’ve helped him. In his world, T’Chaka and his Wakandan brethren could’ve come to his rescue. However; they were more interested in preserving their way of life than helping a perceived outsider. Real talk, that’s no different than the number of successful Black people who do NOTHING for the Black community in America. Keeping it a buck, a lot of people with means don’t like to help, man. Either because they don’t feel like they owe anyone or because they’re scared of losing their affluence. By and by, it’s creates an environment that could breed individuals with Killmonger’s rage.

Look, contrary to Killmonger’s master plan, I don’t think an armed revolution is the move. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t believe that Black people should be armed. I ABSOLUTELY believe that as Black people we should be able to protect ourselves effectively. However; conquering the world for the sake of ruling would make us no better than our oppressors. So, in that regard, I don’t agree with Killmonger. Besides that, I believe that he was absolutely right about taking care of our own. At the end of the day, if we don’t lift ourselves up, no one else will do it for us.

In the end, Killmonger may have taken things too far, but I understand why, son. Ultimately, he was a damaged man who saw how his life could’ve been different. In my eyes, I see Wakanda as the Talented Tenth. All I can say is, what’s the point of being successful if we don’t pave a better path for our people? The way I see it, that’s exactly the lesson that T’Challa learned by the end of the movie. LC out.

P.S. Killmonger also had the best quote in the film, man. “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage” might be the greatest statement ever made in a movie. That is all.

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