A Real American Hero/Wakanda Forever

“The Black Panther was memorably portrayed by the late Chadwick Boseman in the hugely successful 2018 film adaptation of the same name. The movie Black Panther popularized a salute, known as Wakanda Forever, as a gesture of Black excellence around the world.”

POP CULTURE DICTIONARY

Months after Chadwick Boseman’s unfortunate passing; followed questions of who will replace Boseman’s portrayal of the fictional hero, King T’Challa as ruler of Wakanda in the Black Panther sequel? Meanwhile, America found a real live African American hero.

The day that time came to a halt, including the Electoral College Confirmation of President-Elect Joe Biden. On arguably the most momentous day since the civil war, an insurrection upon the U.S. Capitol led by white supremacists transpired, a real American hero’s quick thinking, sleight of hand, and innovation kept the Vice President and other legislators safe. 

Forty one year old Eugene Goodman, born in Washington DC, served in the 101st Airborne Division, and an Iraqi war veteran, became a real live hero. D.C. Comics or DreamWorks movies could not have written it up any better. He lured the attacking mob away from an open door, which leads to the Senate chamber and the office that hid Vice President Mike Pence and his family, just 100 ft away. 

Hevy.com cited the following quote.

“His name is #EugeneGoodman,” he wrote. “With domestic terrorists storming towards him, he looked to his left – saw the Senate chamber – and led them to his right up the steps to protect the people. A Black person who protected his country even when it hasn’t protected him. Honor this man!”

Written by Vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, Michael Blake, in a tweet

What an interesting statement. From slavery, Jim Crow, to the recent resurgence of white supremacists after the first black President’s election, black patriots have stood for America. From Crispus Attucks killed at the beginning of the Revolutionary war, Harriett Tubman led an all-Black regiment in the civil war, the 175 divisions of 178,000 black civil war soldiers, the Tuskegee airmen, etc., all fought as heroes of a separate and unequal America.

This time one man with a baton and a radio singlehandedly saved American Democracy. Two weeks later, at the Presidential Inauguration, he could be seen escorting the first Female, Black, and API Vice President Kamala Harris. Promoted to acting deputy Senate Sergeant at Arms, he now represents everything that is possible in America. 

The power and drive of a determined black soul ignores the odds and finds a way. Harriett Tubman was discouraged many times by others, that it was just too dangerous and that she couldn’t make her continual trips across the slave lands of the southern landscape. Yet, she persisted. Martin Luther King endured the sound of gunfire during civil rights marches. Nevertheless, he persisted. Stacey Abrams was told no in 2018 at the ballot box in her failed Gubernatorial run. Working alongside Nse Ufot, Helen Butler, Rebecca DeHart, Deborah Scott, and Tamieka Atkins, she persevered, and Georgia turned blue.

Officer Goodman tapped into the same improvisation that has kept African Americans pressing forward against fire hoses, dogs, billy clubs, slurs, oppression, and segregation. Wakanda forever! 

Thank you, Officer Eugene Goodman

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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