Thursday, March 8, 2018
Wakanda was Real!!
Black Panther continues to break box office records and inspire legions of people around the world. The movie successfully blended comic book action with a political/social awareness that very few movies have been able to achieve. However, the concept of Wakanda, a secret advanced city within the continent of Africa, should not be dismissed as a made up fantasy that can only be found in a work of fiction. Truth be told...Wakanda was real and it's real name is Timbuktu! It is historically tragic that Timbuktu has been relegated to the construct that it was a backward, non-influential, outpost where one is "banished" to. Generations of colonial scholars have been successful in perpetrating a massive disinformation campaign to minimize it's real place in the development of human civilization. Racism was, and is, their motive because any acknowledgement that Timbuktu's cultural, academic, and scientific influence on Western civilization undercuts the dangerous and venal philosophy that continues to state that historical African societies had no influence on modern civilization. Nothing could be further from the truth! The evidence of Timbuktu's rightful place in history can be found very easily. The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu is an excellent documentary on Youtube that tries to correct the mis-education about this important city. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer is a great companion piece because it details the harrowing attempt to save precious manuscripts and texts that predate ALL Western scholarly texts. I encourage you to get "woke" about the real significance of Timbuktu. Once you understand this you will see that Wakanda was a very real place!