The impact of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated during the national anthem that fateful day on August 26, 2016, having gone unnoticed the two previous occasions during the preseason, continues to reverberate throughout pop culture in addition to society at large. It appears that Black Panther director and co-writer Ryan Coogler deliberately had his hero/villain Killmonger kneel during a final scene in the movie as an acknowledgment of national anthem protests against racism. The powerful symbol of refusing to stand for the national anthem penetrates the consciousness in a way that few other symbols have; and it’s wholly appropriate that there be a reflection of Kaepernick’s courage and dedication to racial injustice expressed by the movies hero/villain Eric Killmonger who was similarly focused on liberation for our people.
Article below by Matt Chapman at digitalspy.com.
Director Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther has been a standout movie for a black community that is traditionally underserved by mainstream films. Set in a thriving African nation, it is the first Marvel film to feature a predominantly black cast.
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