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.”
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.
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.