October 18, 2016
For many this might not mean much but for me, seeing this signals a new age in black consciousness or black awareness.
I will admit, black panther on a school bag is nothing new. The marvel character has been around since 1966, and was the first black super hero to make it to mainstream America. The character is usually depicted as the king and protector of Wakanda, a fictional African nation. However this is the first time I have seen the marvel hero on anything since I migrated to the States some twenty six years ago.
I saw 13 year old Kevin walking on his way to school this morning and immediately started to take pictures of him walking away from me. I was happy and giddy at the same time, but I was concerned that he did not think of me as a weirdo, chasing behind him snapping away. In fact he was more than delighted to say,
“Maan he is my favourite super hero. I got this bag because I wanted to rep him.
He really is the only black super hero out there right now and that is important to me.”
I feel like everything that is happening right now in America around “Black Lives Matter speaks to a paradigm shift in black consciousness especially from the viewpoint of this younger generation.
I believe they are waking up to a “blacker,” more accepting America — or I would like to think so.
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