The leader of the Nation of Islam has, for years, been a toxic fount of anti-Semitic and homophobic rhetoric. “These false Jews,” he preached in 2006, “promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength.
Jerome Corsi is a birther who heads the Washington bureau of InfoWars, the conspiracy theory empire of Alex Jones. As Media Matters put it, ‘No serious outlet should elevate Corsi’s opinion.’ But USA Today did.
Consider the carnage in Parkland. The FBI ignored multiple tips that 19-year old Nikolas Cruz was planning a mass shooting. Ask yourself: would the agency have been so laggard had it received the same tip about a 19-year old named, say, Muhammad? Doubtful.
“Black Panther” is easily one of the best superhero movies ever made, but that’s the least important thing it is. The reason it’s on everyone’s lips, the reason people who don’t care about superheroes suddenly care about superheroes, the reason you are reading these words, is that this movie is a moment, a watershed in the cultural history of African-American people.