Manaal is a writer, artist and community organizer in Toronto. She writes primarily about issues pertaining to violence against women, Islamophobia, South Asia and race using the conceptual frameworks of anti-oppression, intersectional Feminism and Post-Colonial Theory. She identifies as a Kashmiri-Pathan Muslim woman.
Black Panther has taken the world by storm, experiencing box office success across North America, Europe, Africa and, to many in Hollywood’s surprise given a long history of rejecting films with Black leads, Asia.
Furthermore, a Blockbuster Hollywood film that centralizes Black characters and their narratives in authentic ways both in front of and behind the camera, and that also weaves in discussions about colonialism and slavery, is groundbreaking within the current socio-political context; it’s also deeply needed.
Despite this, online comments about Black Panther have been accusing it of Islamophobia, with some even going as far as to tell Muslims to boycott the film.