What ever could I be talking about? It could be…
• the animal. According to Wikipedia: A black panther is the melanistic color variant of any big cat species. Black panthers in Asia and Africa are leopards (Panthera pardus), and those in the Americas are black jaguars (Panthera onca).
• the gang (or “party” as they are now called). Wikipedia has an extremely long explanation of this. It starts with “The Black Panther Party or the BPP (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was a revolutionary socialist organization founded by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in October 1966. The party was active in the United States from 1966 until 1982.”
• The Marvel Comics movie. Wikipedia has an extremely long explanation of this as well. It starts with “Not to be confused with The Black Panther (1921 film) or The Black Panther (1977 film).
Black Panther is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” And goes on to say, “After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda. But when two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with CIA agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje—Wakanda’s special forces—to prevent a world war.”
So, which one am I going to write about today? You don’t know, do you? There is absolutely no way to tell, based on the title, what my topic will be for this blog.
How dare you assume that I am promoting the actions of the BPP! I’m not even promoting the movie, or the rapper who performed at the College Championship half time show. See, even I know so little about him that I will have to look up his name… Kendrick Lamar.
To be honest, I didn’t watch the 1/2time show. I went to bed. So, I can’t speak to how good, or bad, the show was, but I was appalled by the “hate talk” I saw coming from some of my Facebook friends the next morning.
People who assumed the mentions of Black Panther were about the BPP and just “went off” on “How could the SEC allow that man to promote the BPP?”
Wow. Just Wow. They had no idea what they were talking about. I was very pleased when another friend, who had watched the show, corrected them. Politely, of course.
It is so sad when people jump to conclusions, especially the wrong conclusions. THINK people! Do your research before you speak out, for or against anything or anyone. This is the kind of behavior that perpetuates the tension in the country. STOP it.
By the way, in case you were wondering… this blog is about …
Isn’t she beautiful? Dangerous, but beautiful.
Assumptions can be just as dangerous. Just sayin’