Earlier this week I finally got to see Black Panther. It was everything and more. The movie is about a fictional country where black people are endowed with a magical metal they cleverly exploit to build unimaginable technology that benefits their people. However, they hide it from the rest of the world, and following all sorts of events, the young king of Wakanda is eventually convinced that their gift ought to be shared with the world for all to benefit from it. The movie is as entertaining as it is poignant. The messages in the plot are unavoidably powerful. Thanks to this work of art, I found myself thinking a lot about how we have been conditioned to believe things that in actual fact are just rubbish.Can you believe that a whole country once agreed with then prime minister of South Africa Hendrik Verwoerd when he said: "There is no place for [the Bantu] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour ... What is the use of teaching the Bantu child mathemat...

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