The Usable Enigma of Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman at the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, Calif., in 2018. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
His eulogists ignore his creativity and instead use him as an election-year pawn, with race as a political, cultural football.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W ho was Chadwick Boseman? The late actor’s death at age 43 changed his public image from human or artist into an example, a political football. Almost immediately after the grave announcement, the Democratic Party media began to create a demagogic legend that used Boseman’s most impressive work as a performer to position him as a propaganda figure. Michelle Obama, in her Evita-noir way, took the lead, tweeting:

Only Chadwick Boseman could embody Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and T’Challa. He, too, knew what it meant to persevere. To summon real strength. And he belongs right there with them as a hero—for Black

Armond White, a culture critic, writes about movies for National Review and is the author of New Position: The Prince Chronicles. His new book, Make Spielberg Great Again: The Steven Spielberg Chronicles, is available at Amazon.

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