“BLACK PANTHER” & HATE GROUPS

April 16, 2018 at 7:15 pm

Marvel’s “Black Panther” is breaking records and inflaming hate. The film may be groundbreaking, but is it also empowering hate groups? A shocking report ahead.

Aired on April 16, 2018.

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>>> MARVEL COMICS SUPERHERO
MOVIE "BLACK PANTHER" IS
BREAKING BOX OFFICE RECORDS AND
WINNING ACCOLADES FROM FANS AND
CRITICS ALIKE, AND IT'S EMBRACED
BY YET ANOTHER GROUP, ONE THAT
MIGHT SURPRISE YOU.
WHITE NATIONALISTS, FAR-RIGHT
GROUPS ARE ATTEMPTING TO TWIST
THE INCLUSIVE AND EMPOWERING
MESSAGE OF THE SMASH HIT MOVIE
TO PROMOTE THEIR OWN HATE-FILLED
IDEOLOGY.
THIS ACCORDING BY THE DATA AND
SOCIETY RESEARCH INSTITUTE.
JOINING ME NOW TO EXPLAIN HOW
THIS IS ALL HAPPENING IS BECKA
LIEU I THE INSTITUTE'S
RESEARCHERS WHO CONDUCTED THIS
STUDY.
BECKA, WELCOME TO YOU.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> I'LL TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE
STUDY IN A MOMENT, BUT FOR FOLKS
WHO WILL WATCH AND LISTEN TO OUR
CONVERSATION WHO HAVE NOT YET
SEEN THE MOVIE, GIVE US A SENSE
OF THE MAJOR THEMES INVOLVED IN
"BLACK PANTHER."
>> YES.
BLACK PANTHER FOCUSES ON A
FICTIONAL COUNTRY IN AFRICA
CA
CA
CALLED WAKONDA AND IT HAS AN
AMAZING RESOURCE AND THEY'RE
ABLE TO FLY UNDER THE RADAR AND
ESSENTIALLY ESCAPE COLONIALISM
AND REALLY FLOURISH ON THEIR
OWN, BUT IT'S A REAL TENSION
THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE AS TO
WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE MAKING
THEMSELVES KNOWN AND HELPING
OTHER BLACK COMMUNITIES
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD OR WHETHER
THEY SHOULD STAY A BIT MORE
ISOLATIONIST.
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR STUDY
NOW AND WHAT YOU FUND.
BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A
CULTURAL JUGGERNAUT A LOT OF
PEOPLE ON THE FAR-RIGHT IS
ONLINE AND EVEN MORE BROADLY
THAN THAT, AND BITTER REACTING
ABOUT THE MOVIE AND IN SOME
CASES THEY'RE THREATENED BY IT
AND THEY'RE TRYING TO GET IN ON
THE ACTION BECAUSE IT'S BEEN SO
POPULAR.
>> WE ASKED HOW WE USE THAT.
IT'S FAR RIGHT, IT'S A
HODGEPODGE OF A BURCH OF
DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES AND THAT'S
WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF WHEN YOU
REFER TO THE ALT-RIGHT AND THERE
ARE CONSPIRACY THEORISTS, MEN'S
RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND GAMERS AND
THERE ARE INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES
THAT COME TOGETHER IN MOMENTS
LIKE THIS TO WORK
AGAINST MAINSTREAM POPULAR
CULTURE.
>> I AM SURE PEOPLE WOULD BE
SURPRISED THAT THESE GROUPS ARE
LATCHING ON TO IN DIFFERENT WAYS
SUCH A POPULAR FILM.
IT'S BEEN SO POPULAR WITH BLACK
AUDIENCES AND IT HAS EMBRACED
THEMES AND THE DIVERSITY, D
DEMOCRAT SEE.
WHEN TYPE OF EMBRACING THAT
YOU'RE FINDING IS BEING DONE
HERE?
>> WE HAVE SEEN A BIT MORE OF A
PREDICTABLE RESPONSE WITH PEOPLE
SAYING THE MOVIE IS ANTI-WHITE
PROPAGANDA AND FEELING
THREATENED THAT THERE IS MORE
REPRESENTATION BEYOND WHAT
THEY'RE FAMILIAR WITH.
>> IS THAT NOT SURPRISING?
>> NOT SURPRISING.
THE MORE SURPRISING ELEMENT WE
SEE IS THAT A LOT OF THEM ARE
ACTUALLY EMBRACING THE MOVIE AND
THEY'RE DOING SO IN A WAY THAT
REALLY CO-OPS AND SUBVERTS THE
THEMES OF BLACK PANTHER.
>> HOW?
>> SO THEY HAVE ADOPTED THE
RHETORIC AND THEY'RE SAYING THAT
BLACK PANTHER IS AN ALT-RIGHT
MOVIE BECAUSE, IF YOU REMEMBER,
WHEN I WAS TALKING ABOUT WAKONKA
THAT STAYS SEPARATE FROM THE
OUTSIDE WORLD AND THEY'RE SAYING
THAT THAT AFFECTSES THE
ISOLATION IFRM AND THE
ANTI-IMMIGRATION YETS THAT THEY
EMBRACE.
>> THEY'RE SAYING THIS IS WHAT
WE WANT, ESSENTIAL HE.
BEE WANT AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO
MIEG RATE AND A LAYOFF LOT OF
THEM HAVETH NO STATES BASED ON
ETHNICITY.
FOR THEM TO SEE A NATION STATE
THAT'S ENTIRELY BY DESIGN AND
FILLED WITH ONLY BLACK PEOPLE
AND AFRICANS, TO THEM THAT'S A
POSITIVE.
OF COURSE, THIS IS A VERY
DELIBERATE MISREADING OF THE
MOVIE AND EVERYTHING IT
REPRESENTS.
>> HOW IS THIS BEING PLAYED OUT
IN THE DIGITAL WORLD AND THE
ONLINE WORLD.
>> YOU SAW IT AS FAR BACK AS I
BELIEVE IT WAS JUNE IN 2017.
THERE WERE YOUTUBERS WHO STARTED
MAKING VIDEOS ABOUT THE MOVIE
AND THEY STARTED TO CIRCULATE A
MEME SAYING BLACK PANTHER IS
ALT-RIGHT.
IT SHOWED THE BLACK PANTHER
WEARING A RED CAP LIKE THE MAKE
AMERICA GREAT AGAIN HATS AND IT
SAYS MAKE WAKONDA AND THEY
STARTED TO GO THROUGH THE POINTS
THAT THE MOVIE REPRESENTS.
>> THEY'RE VERY OF -- THEY USE
THE MEDIA TO RECRUIT PEOPLE.
>> HOW DO YOU MEAN?
>> THEY HAVER IN THE FORUMS
WHERE THEY CONGREGATE AND THEY
USE A LOT OF IRONIC HUMOR AND A
LOT OF TIMES THEY'LL SAY THINGS
THAT ARE IRONICALLY OR WHAT THEY
THINK OF AS HUMOROUS WITH AN
UNDERLYING STRAIN OF RACISM OR
SEXISM.
>> ALLOWS THEM TO SAY WE WERE
ONLY KIDDING.
>> EXACTLY.
IT PROVIDES A SHIELD.
>> FOR ANYONE WHO TAKES IT
SERIOUSLY IT ACTS AS AN OPEN
DOOR FOR THEM TO STEP IN AND
BECOME MORE RECRUITS AND YOU SAW
A LOT OF THAT HAPPENING WITH
THIS.
THEY KNOW IT'S RIDICULOUS TO SAY
THAT BLACK PANTHER IS ACTUALLY
AN ALT-RIGHT MOVIE AND THEY KNOW
IT CAN PROVIDE THIS OPEN DOOR
FOR PEOPLE AND FOR YOUTUBERS WHO
JUST POST VIDEOS SAYING MY
THOUGHTS ON BLACK PANTHER AND
THEY KNOW IT MIGHT DRAW
REACTIONS.
>> HOW DO THE SUPPORTERS OF THE
MOVIE AND THE SUPPORTERS OF THE
POSITIVE THEEMES OF THE MOVIE AD
HOW DO THEY COMBAT SOMETHING
LIKE THIS?
>> WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT TO
REMEMBER AND WHAT PEOPLE TALK
ABOUT WHO ARE SUPPORTING THE
MOVIE IS THE MOVIE AND THE
DEPICTION OF WAKONDA IS ALL
ABOUT RESPONSES TO I DON'T
KNOWIALISM AND RESPONSES TO
RACISM AND IT'S ALL ABOUT THE
LONGSTANDING POWER DYNAMICS AND
HOW THE BLACK COMMUNITY CAN AND
SHOULD RESPOND TO THAT.
THE ONLY WAY THAT THE ALT-RIGHT
AND THE FAR-RIGHT INTERPRETATION
MAKES SENSE IS IF RACISM IN OUR
MODERN SOCIETY DOESN'T EXIST AND
THAT'S OBVIOUSLY NOT TRUE.
>> SADLY, WE KNOW THAT'S NOT
TRUE.
BECKA, IT WAS A FASCINATING
STUDY.
WE APPRECIATE SHARING YOUR
THOUGHTS WITH US.
>> THANKS.
>> YOU TAKE CARE.

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