Is the “Black Panther” greeting the new black power fist?
Black people across the world have latched on to the Wakanda Forever salute to use it as a greeting, to celebrate life's moments and as an expression of black excellence in a variety of situations.
The greeting is bold, unapologetically black, and we love it.
The salute has been picked up by athletes celebrating major wins in their careers:
Victor Oladipo takes flight with the #BlackPanther mask 🔥 pic.twitter.com/PNHqZXlDGa— ESPN (@espn) February 18, 2018
Wakanda forever. pic.twitter.com/LIZwGaRXrD— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 25, 2018
She's done it!@SachiaVick comes back to defeat Muguruza, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 for the biggest win of her career at @BNPPARIBASOPEN! pic.twitter.com/Fsa6dnAA3r— WTA (@WTA) March 10, 2018
Others have been using the salute in celebration across the diaspora:
A Wakandan salute from a group of future doctors at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 🙅🏾 (Photo credit: Allison Hare) #BlackPanther #blackexcellence #alltimehigh pic.twitter.com/cG0PWHcBXN— #becauseofthemwecan (@Becauseofthem) February 26, 2018
How we’re greeting in 2018. 😂#wakandaforever pic.twitter.com/LDq5lXdBBe— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) March 12, 2018
Wakanda Forever #BlackPanther #NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/6Wv8h01P8W— Anania (@Anania00) March 13, 2018
How you greet your students after watching #BlackPanther
Video credit: Marie Rucker pic.twitter.com/m9fAmr36PK— Black Girl Magic ✨ (@BlackGirlMagix) February 22, 2018
All the way from Cape Coast #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/4HIKWpjrn4— M'Beiku (@edudzi_) March 10, 2018
.@theblackpanther hit $1 BILLION in global ticket sales. #WakandaForever #BlackPanther @bjacobkfvs @Iam11SIX 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/9EFdGMIXho— Hannah Gebresilassie (@hannahjoyTV) March 10, 2018
On the desk with my girl Jess, so you know it’s #WakandaForever @Fox19Jessica pic.twitter.com/T6JovrFuYH— Charisse Gibson (@OkayCharisse) March 9, 2018
Wakanda forever ! pic.twitter.com/rgCmAy3rQK— Nyrenc7 (@nizyync7) March 8, 2018
WAKANDA FOREVER!!! pic.twitter.com/tUjj3EwO4c— Diddy (@Diddy) March 6, 2018
Howard U org @LastBison1867 has raised over $23,000 to surprise kids from Oakland, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati and send them to watch BLACK PANTHER for FREE.
Please donate & RT to inspire a student of color - #WakandaForever: https://t.co/qyI0d7X4ya pic.twitter.com/aldU3cgkXS— Maia the Mogul ✨ (@maia_melanin) March 6, 2018
Participants in last night's Living Museum giving the #Wakandansalute! #WakandaForever #Marvel #BlackPanther #BlackPantherMovie #BlackStarPower #BlackMagic @wakandansalute #CGOKellyLibrary #HBCU pic.twitter.com/0wPOlNIVgM— O'Kelly Library (@cg_okelly) March 1, 2018
Stay black, my people.
Remember when the right said the Obamas did a “terrorist fist bump?” They must be feeling some kind of way about the fact that this is how we all greet each other now 🤣 #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/8W2r49zDXg— Robin Thede (@robinthede) March 11, 2018
Real recognize real.