Black Panther Character Analysis

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These scenes revealed that T’Challa’s character was written with a clear political consciousness that echoed the racial sentiments at the time. While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did make efforts to ensure equal economic opportunity and ban segregation, it did not go without challenges. The aversion to the Black Panther’s new leadership echoed the immediate challenges to the Civil Rights Act in the subsequent Supreme Court cases that tried to undermine the legislation. His struggle to establish his place on the team, despite becoming the new leader, captured these political tensions. While integration was becoming somewhat of a reality as blacks entered white spaces (in the workplace and others), racism and discrimination still hindered these …show more content…
One storyline featured T’Challa taking a job as a teacher in Harlem. Weary with staying in the Avengers headquarters in lower Manhattan, the Black Panther took a stroll uptown. Faced with scenes of poverty and neglect, T’Challa decided to take on an alter-ego, Lucas Charles, and became a teacher of African culture. This situation evoked the black youth protests; it was a black faculty member teaching black studies. His job, however, created a duality within him; while fighting villains, he admitted to himself that he identified as a teacher on his lunch break. He suddenly felt like he had to serve Harlem to aid his people in a society that neglected them. His superhero duties took the back-seat to this service – his race had transformed the very nature of his work. The careful placement of the Black Panther in Harlem was in line with the emerging blaxpoitation at the time that capitalized on a new urban black audience. In some ways, the Marvel writers commodified the aesthetic of Black Power. Because of his race, T’Challa was planted into a formulaic narrative and forced into the ghetto to champion his people. The writers asserted that it was an effort to reveal the wrongs of society and show how blacks had to live. While Marvel claimed the authenticity of their depictions, readers had their own opinions. Some welcomed the nod to their reality, but others complained that it was an insincere depiction of their community and their poverty. The stories were imagined and impressionistic; they were not lived

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