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What The Passing Of Chadwick Boseman Should Teach All of Us

Two weeks ago, the passing of Chadwick Boseman struck the world.

No one believed it at first because it was so sudden. 

Chadwick Boseman

Typically, when a celebrity isn’t well, the public finds out, but Boseman kept his health private for the past 4 years! 

Surprisingly, he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. That means for the last four years he has been giving us classics while going through chemotherapy. 

Imagine playing Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, AND Black Panther with cancer!! 

He deserves every honor and flower in the world for that alone. 

As we look back, we did notice that he was losing weight after he released a video on Instagram live back in April for Jackie Robinson Day

He was discussing the launch of Operation 42 which he helped put together to provide protective gear to hospitals in predominantly Black communities during the pandemic. 

Some of his fans were wondering if he was sick and some were taking it as a joke and assumed he was on drugs. 

Now that he is gone, everyone understands why he couldn’t maintain the body they were used to seeing as T’Challa. 

Based on this, we should all learn these 4 lessons from the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

1. It’s Time to Stop Glorifying Physical Appearances

Everyone who criticized Boseman for his weight loss was body shaming him. No matter how you slice it, it is a type of body shaming. 

If someone is thick, they are made fun of their weight. An example of that is the star, Lizzo, who is an outspoken, body-positive woman

If she wears a pair of shorts or shows her mid-section, people cringe and make fun of her. 

But if that was Zendaya, then everyone would flock to her and kiss her feet. 

This is not okay. 

This is an idea that is embedded in society that needs to be broken because that is hurtful. 

Everyone should be uplifted and if you don’t agree with it then mind your business. Period. 

If a thin person gains weight, they are made fun of for it. An example of this is Jason Mamoa who recently went outside without his usual set of abs.

 Of course, everyone’s reaction to it was negative because we have this unrealistic standard set for how people should look to be considered beautiful. 

The glorification of body image is sickening and it is unfair to belittle someone because of how they look. 

2. Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover 

Chadwick Boseman’s weight loss was definitely noticeable, but why do people have to make rash assumptions?

Assuming that “he must be on drugs” is very inconsiderate and is forcing the typical stereotypes of Black people abusing drugs. 

The worst part about that is that the Black community was the one making that assumption. 

This is a lesson for everybody to not judge a book by its cover. 

Don’t jump to conclusions and you don’t have any evidence. 

Be considerate and get your facts straight before you state something that is derogatory. 

You never know what someone is going through, so think about what you say beforehand. 

There are people who lose or gain weight due to physical and mental health. Someone could be going through depression, anxiety, or, in Boseman’s case, cancer. 

You never know. So keep that in mind the next time you make a comment on someone’s appearance. 

If You Don’t Have Something Positive To Say, Don’t Say Anything 

Everyone should already know this, but if you need a reminder, here you go.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE SOMETHING POSITIVE TO SAY, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL! 

Like I stated in the lesson above, you never know what someone is going through, so don’t add fuel to the fire by projecting negativity on to them. 

Your goal should be to uplift someone while they are at their lowest, not joke about their struggle. 

No one wants to be made fun of. 

Especially if they are going through a personal issue such as struggling with their physical or mental health. 

You should be treating others how you would like to be treated and I am 100% positive that does not include getting ridiculed and belittled. 

Do better at speaking more positively about people and bite on your tongue when you feel like negativity is going to slip out.

Give People Their Flowers While They’re Alive 

What is fulfilling about Chadwick Boseman’s story is that he was able to see how he impacted the Black community, especially the kids, when he played T’Challa

He gave us a Black superhero that we could all look up to and hold on a pedestal. 

But, with no one knowing that Boseman was sick, some of his close friends felt like they didn’t do enough to let him know how amazing he was. 

For example, Michael B. Jordan made a heart-filled post a few days after Boseman’s passing about how he took his presence for granted. He stated repeatedly throughout the post “I wish we had more time.”

Throughout the post, he explains how much of a legend Boseman truly was and how proud he is to have shared the same space as him.

He also states, “You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.”

This is very common and it is sad that we don’t honor many people until they are gone.

This isn’t because we don’t admire what they do, it is simply because we expect to have so much more time to give those flowers to them. 

The same thing occurred when Nipsey Hussle passed away.

No one expected him to leave so soon, especially because he was just about to hit the peak of his career. 

After he passed, he was nominated for 4 Grammy’s and won two of those. The saddest part is that he wasn’t there to receive his very first Grammy. 

People need to give recognition to those who are doing big things. 

Chadwick Boseman should have gotten that recognition from his peers just as much as he received it from the Black community. 

Take these lessons and start putting more positivity into the world. 

Be considerate. 

Be respectful. 

Be loving. 

That’s the best thing we can all do to help uplift each other. 

Rest in Power, Chadwick Boseman. 

You will be missed and your legacy will live on forever.

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2 Comments

  1. This was a great post!!! I truly hope people will learn to not make assumptions when their appearance changes. Good read!!

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad that you liked it! I hope so too because we can be hurting others more than we know. I wish people will be more aware of this, but sadly in the moment, people don’t know how to bite their tongue sometimes.

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