Black History Month is at an end
and Walt Disney told our story.
We learned about Wakanda
and Black Panther got the glory.
Wearing dashikis and head wraps,
we clapped and cheered for Wakanda;
that magical of all kingdoms,
it looks just like Uganda!
Now, Uganda is over in Africa,
and the poverty rate is high.
Healthcare is abysmal
and people with cholera, they still die.
The folks over in Somalia?
They ain’t looking so good.
Trump just bombed them again,
just like I knew he would.
But over by way of Ethiopia,
the folks there got a plight.
They ain’t eating at all.
And it ain’t about a hunger strike.
The African women of Liberia
have long been seen as slaves;
sex slaves to be exact
and that don’t get no praise.
What about over in Kenya?
They got educated folks
and still, some end up homeless
Look it up, this ain’t no hoax.
Now we come to Ghana,
is this a kingdom too?
It was once ruled by the British.
Does that give you a clue?
Libya is off the chain
and slavery is everywhere.
America and NATO
filled Libyans with despair.
But we celebrate Black History Month
with Black Panther to the rescue.
There’s a kingdom over in Africa,
where lives the privileged few.
Wakanda, is its name.
Its Black Panther leads the charge
against usurpers to the throne
within the kingdom or at large.
Vibranium is its weapon,
against enemies far and wide.
I bet real African nations
wish this kingdom was by their side.
Between fantasy and reality,
we choose fantasy every time.
and we’d rather pay Walt Disney
our last hard-earned dime.
We don’t care about Liberia,
because that is just too real.
And we don’t live in Uganda
where cholera is a big deal.
We want to live in Wakanda,
fake as it can be.
But that is what we are,
fake people with a fake history.
This here ends Black History,
with many thanks to Walt Disney
who sat us down in Wakanda;
a kingdom; a magical fantasy.
Shelby I. Courtland
©2018 Shelby I. Courtland
In my opinion, it is a shame that throughout this entire short month that has been set aside to showcase Black History, Walt Disney and Marvel COMICS took over the focus that should have been on REAL Black heroes and heroines who were on the front lines, battling slavery, oppression, Jim Crow, segregation, voting rights, gentrification, mass unemployment, mass homelessness, a school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, income inequality, substandard health care, cuts to education, inadequate housing, economic inequality, food insecurity, crime, violence, drugs, gangs, teen pregnancies and high homicide rates of Black youth in inner cities and the list is endless.
There was no focus on the above because Black people were so easily distracted into wearing African head wraps and dashikis because a movie was hyped about a fictional kingdom in Africa where there was untold wealth and a superhero to the rescue to protect his rich kingdom.
We would rather remain blind to the facts and to reality. We want, for two hours, to forget the realities we face because we need to be made to ‘feel good’ about belonging to some kingdom in Africa that isn’t even real. How pathetic is that? We want Walt Disney to hurry up and give us Part II of “Wakanda Forever” just in time for next Black History Month so that we can, again, focus on fantasy and not on our reality. How sad is that?
When have we ever lived a “Wakanda Forever” life here in AmeriKKKa? Do you seriously think that even with the links that I have provided in my poem, that the REAL Africa is anything at all like what Walt Disney would have you believe?
When you left the theater, did you see “Wakanda” when you stepped outside? Did you see “Wakanda” when you returned home? Did you see “Wakanda” when you checked out the local news where you live? Did you see “Black Panther” save any Black man, woman or child from being arrested or shot and killed by cops for playing in a park with a toy gun or for failing to use the proper turn signal or for selling loose, un-taxed cigarettes or for simply sleeping in their bed?
How did paying Walt Disney and Marvel Comics for the ‘pleasure’ of watching their distraction help you in any way? Did wearing your dashiki and African head wrap stop the police from pulling you over? Did wearing your dashiki and African head wrap stop your landlord from handing you an eviction notice because your neighborhood is about to be gentrified? Did the “Black Panther” swoop down and take you to “Wakanda Forever?” If you are reading this, Black man, woman, teenager(the few who can read), then the answer is “NO!”
Black History Month? Who needs it when we’ve got “Wakanda Forever!”
“Thank you Walt Disney for supplying us with our REAL and TRUE History, THIS Black History Month! All hail Walt Disney!”