Most of the posts I see about T’Challa have nothing to do with his backstory or headcanons about his quirks or his relationship with his father. I see comparatively little of that incidental meta that so many other characters get.
I don’t see a whole lot of “T’Challa does this in his spare time. His first kiss was xyz. His greatest fear has always been losing his father because he lost his mother in xyz tragedy.”
It’s always: “Look at how well T’Challa takes care of The Avengers and give a them everything and invites them to Wakanda to play!”
Or: “T’Challa is clearly in love with Bucky and will sacrifice anything for him and protect him and focus on nothing but how to use every available resource from Wakanda for Bucky.”
Or: “King Bucky/Queen Nat who are so gracious and kind to the peasants and backwards citizens.”
No shade, but it’s fucked up that y’all see a Black King from this ridiculously wealthy and autonomous nation and think: How are we going to get him to give up all the goods? How are we going to get him to use all of his country’s resources to “take care of” white people who already have a billionaire churning out toys for them at every turn? How are we going to get him to focus all of his attention on these white people who are BASICALLY STRANGERS? How are we going to get him to randomly invite said white foreigners into this country that kept itself as isolated as possible in order to escape the fate of so many other African countries during the earliest days of imperialism? How are we going to make these white people the focus of not just T’Challa’s narrative, but his attention?
And I’m well aware that Rhodey and Sam are Black so The Avengers is only 99.99% white. But the funny thing is that they seem to get left out of the conversation quite a lot.
Basically, it’s yet another way O center whiteness I need he middle of the narratives. Why? Because after seventy plus years of Hollywood brainwashing, it’s the only dynamic they can understand. The only narrative they know to write. And too lazy to move beyond that thinking.