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Petition: You Targeted Our Community With Black Panther Movie; Now Give 25% Of Profits To Us

You knew someone was going to turn this upcoming action movie into a scam, but I did see this one coming, although I should have expected it.

Three days ago, Chaz Gormley created a petition seeking to receive reparations for a movie he and the black community had nothing to do with creating the film in any capacity. The Black Panther comic book series was created to years ago to give Black Americans a stake in the comic book world and an influential figure to get behind and support which is why Stan Lee loves the character so much.

This ‘gimmie gimmie’ attitude has hurt the community for years as they feel they are entitled to something that isn’t theirs. Gormley thinks with all the advertising toward black Americans for their dollars, some of the moneybags should filter back into the black community without question.

The petition goes on to ask that the company set aside 25 percent of their worldwide profit “to be allocated for investment in black communities, and in programs within these communities that focus on S.T.E.M.”

“Through a clever, well-manufactured marketing campaign Marvel Studios and their parent company The Walt Disney Company have targeted the Black community with their advertisements for the upcoming ‘Black Panther’ film, due to release on February 16, 2018. As marginalized groups have become more vocal, corporations and their savvy public relations departments have turned to catering to these groups – to turn a profit – and this film by Marvel Studios is no different,” the petition reads.

“We cannot continue to recklessly support these conglomerates, allowing them to profit off of us without demanding something more than just their products in return,” Gormley wrote. “We have the ability to change the conditions our communities and us as a people face, by leveraging the strongest resources we have: our strength in numbers, and our spending power.”

Some of the people who signed it gave their reasons:

How are we ever going to learn how to fish if we refuse To go to the river? People would rather wait around for something that may never happen then to fail. We are so afraid to pursue anything because we have no faith that it will work. But the whole purpose of failing is that we learn afterward. We need to stop making so many excuses and gain some experience So that we can build confidence. Period!

Here’s my answer. “Stop begging,” and always remember, as long as someone is giving you something they can take it away.

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Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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