“Get Out”: Racism Alive in America

Is racism still an issue in America? The recent film “Get Out” directly points out that racism is in fact still prominent even today. It acknowledges that we have come a good ways from where we began, but that there is still so far to go on the journey to eliminate racist attitudes from society.

The film was directed by an African American man named Jordan Peele. He is a man of many talents- writing, directing and acting. Before his debut as the director of the movie, he was famously known for his comedy “Key and Peele.”

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Towards the beginning of the movie, the main couple is introduced. Right away, the viewer notices that the couple is interracial; a black male named Chris and a white female named Rose. They have gotten to the point in their relationship (that is probably dreaded by most males in general)- meeting the girls parents. On their way, Chris asks Rose if she has informed her parents the he is black. She brushes it off and basically tells him that it will not matter to her parents one bit. Rose continues driving along then she accidentally runs into a deer. The police come and as Rose is talking to the white, male officer, the police notices Chris. Chris had been there sitting quietly in the passenger seat when the police asks to se his drivers license. This is an example of blatant racial profiling. Chris had nothing to do with the accident and he obviously was not driving, yet the officer insists on seeing his license even after his girlfriend tells him he was not the one in the driver’s seat. In the video “A Conversation With My Black Son,”  the parents speaking express their concerns that their child will be pulled over at some point by a police officer not for doing something illegal, but rather because of their skin color. As a black male, I think that Peele has probably had a real life experience similar to the one in the movie or the scenarios discussed in the short videos from week 3.

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Once the couple arrives at Rose’s house, her parents greet Chris in a somewhat awkward manner. It seems as though the father is trying to be overly nice and welcoming while the mother is a little bit more aloof. It is obvious in this scene that they are acting this way towards him since he is black. The father makes comments about how he would have voted for Obama for a third time and other strange comments in an effort to relate to Chris more. It ends up being even more uncomfortable for Chris because he is aware they are treating him differently due to his skin color. In the short video “A Conversation With White People on Racism,” most of the people interviewed agree race is a hard topic. People are aware of the unspoken tensions surrounding race and sometimes overcompensate. Because of this, conversations can be noticeably forced and awkward.

Peele did an incredible job writing and directing “Get Out” and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It will make you really consider how you treat others specifically of a different race from yourself. At the end, I really had to evaluate myself and ask myself the awkward question: Am I racist, even just a little bit? While not the most fun question to ponder, it was a direct result from the film stirring up discomfort within myself.

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5 comments

  1. I felt this movie was a very good choice for this assignment that is why I chose it as well. I feel that if the show media had been made a white man or woman then the show would have received a whole lot more criticism than it actually deserved. So many people disagreed with the movie and tried to make it racist when really all Jordan is trying to do is acknowledge race and show that their is still racism in america and throughout the world. I agree that they made it abundantly clear at the beginning of the movie that they were an interracial couple and that the movie would be about racism in some way. I too would recommend the movie to anyone specially black people, as it is very thought out and well written and directed.

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  2. Thanks for posting about this video. I love the Key and Peele show, but was completely unaware of this movie. Is it a comedy too? He is hilarious, so I could see the awkward moments with the girlfriend parents to be quite humorous. I loved how you related it to the short videos we watched regarding race. In the short videos many of the white people said they try to avoid the topic of race or find it awkward. They also mentioned they would never want to offend anyone or feel uncomfortable. It is like Peele watched this video and did the exact opposite to make a comedy. I will defiantly have to watch this one.

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  3. I have yet to see this movie, but it seems that it has a lot of well deserved hype about it. Obviously not in a realistic manner, “Get Out” does illustrate the brutality of racial violence. Jordan Peele is a very creative director, actor, and screenplay writer. “Get Out” resembles many realistic actions and some paranormal type stuff that you probably would not see in real life but it illustrate a point. What a perfect for this film to come too with all of the daily violence going on. I think this movie fits well with our time and definitely bring attention to the injustice of racial violence.

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  4. I must say this movie is perfect for the assignment! I was going to blog about this movie too, but noticed it was already taken. Movies with serious issues that pertain to racism are rarely fun to watch and a very difficult topic to discuss. However, Peele has creatively acted out the real life anxieties of blacks across the world currently face. This movie describes white privileges and the power and inequities it creates. It shows the audience that racism can appear in situations with family, friends and everyday casual conversations. It does make the audience stop and think “Am I RACIST?”

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  5. i haven’t seen this movie but its on my watch list. it seams like it really hits everything that a happens in american everyday. i personally am an African American and haven’t had to deal with what is going on in the movie or the short videos or i haven’t noticed it. i like how you put this with the short videos “A Conversation With My Black Son,” these two really go together and back up the movie to show that this really does happened in the everyday lives of blacks.

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