Reviews are starting to trickle in for Black Panther (hint: ecstatic), the highly anticipated Marvel film that explores what Africa would have been like if it hadn’t been for the meddling of white colonialists, and nerds on dark corners of the internet are not happy.
Trolls on the white supremacist harassment platform 4chan are now creating waves of threads tackling the question: in a post-Black Panther world, how can we stop blacks people from getting uppity and realizing their true value? Because of course they are.
Threads for the anti-Black awareness campaign appear to have taken off in earnest after actors donned royal attire for the LA premiere, and now attract thousands of participants — popular even by 4chan’s standards (it’s ranked the 180th most popular website in the world).
“It is illegal for US citizens to hold any royal or nobility [sic] titles. Anyone claiming to be a king should be prosecuted,” suggests one user — who is decidedly wrong.
“How can they realize they are of royal descent if they don’t even know who their daddy’s [sic] are,” another ignorant manbaby “joked.”
Another user frantically posted screenshots of lengthy paranoid rants about what a dystopia America would become if Black people were to dominate it. Note that the MPCDot.com website given as a source is a gathering spot for fascists banned for being too racist even for the horrible doxxing and harassment palace SomethingAwful, and bills itself with the homophobic slogan “It’s official! America has AIDS!”
“we [sic] have a big problem on our hands. Soon they will awaken and realize they’ve had mistakel [sic] powers all along and retake their rightful place,” said an american poster, cutting to the chase.
Other ideas to stop Black people in a post-Black Panther world include spreading memetic content about alleged rambunctious behavior in Black Panther screenings, and cyberbullying black civil rights leaders like Ta-Nehisi Coates.
To be fair, not all 4chan users agreed with the operation. One lone voice of reason asked, “Is [Black Panther] just positive stuff about blacks? [If so,] I have zero problems with it.” One has to wonder who this person is and what strange chain of events led them to patronize the worst website in the world.
The operation is generating far too much material for one person to go through, and more is flooding in by the second, so I will end the piece on that note. In fact, the ~30 minutes spent writing and editing this article saw over 500 additional posts in the related threads.
It’s a sick and bizarre phenomenon that’s hard to understand outside the lens of existential fear and insecurity on part of a largely obsolete White America as it goes into that good night of its own making.
All of this because Black people just wanted to go see a movie about African history and celebrate the richness of their descent.
All of this because of — and say it with me — White Fragility.