Please excuse the fact that Patterson’s article is from March, but if I missed it maybe others did, too.
Midway through March Madness former UK-great Patrick Patterson took to The Players’ Tribune to discuss his thoughts on Black Panther. However, this wasn’t your typical movie review. Patterson pulls back the curtain on his upbringing and shares personal details of never having African American role models to look up to as a child. Whether it was characters, actors, directors or writers, Patterson spent years watching movies before realizing none of these movies were telling his story.
Then he saw Black Panther.
“The movies are supposed to be this place where you can shake free of your history, and really become anything you want to be. And for too long, for black kids growing up, that hasn’t been the case. For too long, young black boys and young black girls have had to go to the movies — and live out someone else’s dream.”
I’ll let Patrick tell the rest but it’s definitely worth the read, even if it is two months late to this website. It serves as a reminder how different movies, songs, speeches or even athletic performances can mean such different things to different people.
Patrick Patterson should write more often.