Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, By Ta-Nehisi Coates

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The Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Volume 1, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, provides a detailed exploration of the society of Wakanda, exposing its problems with the monarchy that governs it. Despite Wakanda being the most technologically advanced society, it has obvious domestic issues that haven’t been addressed. T'Challa, the king of Wakanda, faces backlash from his own people because they do not believe in his leadership. To address these issues, it is necessary to implement a representative democracy, where people have a say in the decision-making process. Limiting T’Challa's power would help cease the rebellion and promote peace in Wakanda. To begin, T’Challa needs to put more focus on the people of Wakanda so that their voices …show more content…

This can be achieved through democracy. To explain, he is struggling to stop the rebellion, while his mother Ramonda comes to step in to offer advice. As Ramonda says, “Then do what you must, T’Challa. But don’t lose yourself. You are not a soldier you are a king” (Coates, 2015, pt.1). T’Challa struggles with balancing being a superhero and a leader at the same time. This is taxing on the Wakandans because they are seen as a second thought to T’Challa. One can infer that he is overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities he holds and isn't sure how to balance them. There is apparent outrage with T’Challa’s leadership because he holds too much power. In order to benefit the nation of Wakanda, it needs to turn into a representative democracy. This would mean that the people of Wakanda could vote for elected officials who would voice their ideas and ultimately limit T’Challa’s powers. This would work in Wakanda because its citizens want more of a say in decision-making and overall societal advancements. For example, his sister, Shuri, has been a big part of his life, and her death has stopped his ability to lead. T’Challa putting her into limbo doesn’t let him heal and keeps him in this stagnant state of …show more content…

For instance, the results we get from our actions will be determined by the level of right or wrong. To explain, in the midst of the rebellion, a lot of havoc is happening with the destruction of the Black Panther statue, followed by the phrase "NO ONE MAN" bruned in the grass. The distressed women say, "they shall all pay" (Coates 2015, pt.2). The Jambazi have imprisoned the people of Wakanda and attacked them, which clearly demonstrates that crime is getting out of hand, and T’Challa has done nothing to stop it. The Midnight Angels are a reflection of T’Challa's bad leadership. For example, citizens need to take steps into their own hands by forming vigilante groups to protect the people of Wakanda because T’Challa can’t. It is important to note that the fire burning in the grass "NO ONE MAN" is a statement about T’Challa's power. This clearly demonstrates that the people of Wakanda do not like T’Challa's power in a form of a monarchy. This leads to the reason Wakanda needs to follow the philosophy of consequentialism. When the people were locked in cages, they were scared, and their morale was down. A woman says, "Do not plead. Do not cry, for your cries are but a song to them" (Coates 2015, pt.2). The Wakandan society needs to implement consequentialism to teach these individuals that harassing and torturing people is not

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