What I Got Out of “Get Out”

Over the past few weeks, Jordan Peele, mostly know as Peele from the comedy “Key and Peele”, released a racial thriller which has made over $100 million in theatres. The name of this movie is “Get Out”. And by now, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. In the movie a young black man, Christopher Knittel, goes to visit the family of his white girlfriend, Rose Armitage… Now presuming you have watched the movie…(if you haven’t, please exit now)… I’m going to explain a few things I got from the movie.

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1. The sunken place is driven by intaking mass amounts of media.

although we are not aware of what Rose’s mother used to bring other victims to “the sunken place”, we do know that Chris’ terrible memory of the death of his mother was duke to him sitting at home in front of the couch…. watching tv.

How much of your life is passing you by due to your media consumption? Are you missing time spent with loved ones? Are you less sympathetic?

In the age of social media, we as a society, live in the “sunken place”. Social media has crippled us. We don’t know how to interact with people, verbalized our thoughts,  or think for ourselves. The “sunken place” is the place where you exist but you don’t live. You see life past you by through a television, a cell phone, or some other social outlet.

The sunken place is also where you are silenced. You scream but no one hears you. You fall but there is  no one to catch you.

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2. Blackness is often viewed as a costume. 

In the movie, we see several “bidders” who are interested in living their lives out as Chris. They see him as an “experience”, not an actual person. His life, their entertainment, right?

One of the bidders mentions to Chris that “Black is hip”. This plays on the notion of “trendy” blackness.

We also have grandpa Armitage, a former runner who lost gon jessie Owens in the Olympics, living his life through the body of Walter, the family gardener. Grandpa Armitage may have had a

regardless, in every instance, the persons who attempted to buy Chris all showed that they wanted to “try on” a black identity.

How often have you seen characteristics often and most naturally associated with black men and women become a trend. The “large lips” of  Kylie Jenner… the backside of “Kim kardashian”… these are “trademarks” of these women.. “trademarks”, tried on, and  implanted in their bodies.. the same trademarks black women throughout history have been ridiculed and mocked over.

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To the right is a picture of Saartjie Baartman, the African slave who was displayed in Europe in the early 19th century, becaus of her large breast and butt. Saartjie was displayed like an animal. Yet non-black women get praised for such things. It fuels the idea that “your black” looks better on me. We see them time and time again with the appropriation of black culture.

 

 

3. The love of black people and the hatred of black people often coincides.

Mr. Armitage constantly bragged about president Obama. People love the zest of black culture and even at times our historical figures. Or how many times have you seen people rave over black athletes and say they can’t stand or are afraid of black people?…

Black culture is many things. There is no monolith. It is as diverse as the shades that black people come in. But with difference comes opposition. People fear that which they do not understand.

4. This movie had very little to do with interracial dating but focused more on the trust black people have forming relationships with other races people.

Throughout history, we have seen black people misused, abused, and mistreated. Yet time after time, we “forget”. We seek to have interracial schools and interracial marriages.We learn to love people of other races. And we work to get their approval and equal treatment in so many ways.

Although many people claim “Black people continually play the race card”. The “race card is often thrown in our faces. Undoubtedly, Chris was leery that his girlfriend’s parents would be racist. But the first people that brought up  race in the Armitage house was NOT Chris. Chris never mentioned his race. He was questioned about about. Probed. And looked at as a science experiment. The family mentioned his genetic makeup. ranted about Nazis. and assumed Chris would question why the “servants were black”.

And I am not saying that black people should be afraid of any other race or assume that we will be hypnotized anytime a white woman pulls out a cup of tea, but we have become more trusting of people. We “trust” our justice system, which continually lets us down. We trust our government. The constitution. Our schools. These things were not instituted with black people in mind, They were improvised to fit us. The relationships we have with this entities make us feel “safe” and were much like Chris in those ways. We essentially are in bed with the devil in so many ways.

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So be aware, be informed. For all that glitters is not gold.

 

5. The Armitages and company sought to deprive talented individuals.

Chris was a very talented photographer. Andre Hayworth was a jazz musician . Near the end of the movie we see Rose plotting on black athletes.

Check the statistics.The majority of the top athletes and musicians throughout history are black.

6. White supremacy is largely fueled competition with “minories”.

Grandpa Armitage never got over his loss to Jessie Owen. The same concept has applied to situations when black and minority scholars, athletes, etc. have presented a “threat” to white elitism.

In the November 1887, the Thibodaux massacre occurred. It was a racial attack started by white paramilitaries.in Louisiana in November 1887. The workers were upset that newly freed slaves were taking their jobs in sugarcane fields. At least 35 persons were killed in the next three days and as many as 300 blacks were said to have been killed, wounded or missing. This was one of the  most violent labor disputes in U.S. history. Victims reportedly included elders, women and children. It was followed a three-week strike by an estimated 10,000 workers against sugar cane plantations in four parijowensshes in the critical harvest season.( BTW its NOT covered in Louisiana history classes)

This is the same ideology that hates “free education”.. If education is free, poor citizens, which disproportionately includes a large number of blacks become competition for jobs and positions.

 

 

7. The “Tea” is what gets you too the sunken place.

When Chris is hypnotized, Mother Armitage uses a cup of tea.  Now if you remember the past two years correctly, you know that referring to hot scoops in the media or daily gossip is commonly referred to as “tea”. The “tea” become our focal point.  We have to know what this celebrity is doing.. what this one is wearing.. what’s the new gossip on Facebook. By doing so we feed more and more into the media controlling us.

are you drinking the koolaid.. um, I mean tea?

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8. Black people are studied…

In the black community, a large number of businesses are NOT owned by black people.

It was very interesting to me that the director of the movie positioned an Asian character to question Chris about his black experience. It is a known fact that Asian people study the cultures of others. Often time the studying of black culture is what fuels the success of Asian businesses in our communities..

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This also representative of how Asian Americans are often seen as the “productive immigrants”.Asian immigrants on average have much higher educational attainment than either all foreign- or U.S.-born adults. Half of Asian adults (ages 25 and over) had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2014, compared to 29 percent of the total immigrant population and 30 percent of native-born adults. In addition, Asian immigrants have significantly higher incomes than the total foreign- and U.S.-born populations. In 2014, the median in2012-sdt-asian-americans-002.pngcome of households headed by an Asian immigrant was $70,000, compared to $49,000 and $55,000 for overall immigrant and native-born households, respectively. (Source: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/asian-immigrants-united-states/)

Asian Americans , compared to Hispanics and blacks, also ate less inclined to view discrimination against their group as a major problem. They “blend in” or “make it work”. Which is a major difference from about a century ago, where as Asian immigrants were just as unjustly depicted as blacks and Mexicans.  About 13% of Asian Americans say discrimination is a problem, while about half (48%) say it is a minor problem, and a third (35%) say it is not a problem.

 

 

 

 

9. Just because white people take up for you… doesn’t mean that they’re “taking up for you”.

Rose and Chris get stopped by the police in the way to the house. Rose immediately defends Chris when the officer asks for Chris id. Now some may take this as Rose being a good girlfrienfs but is rose is actually avoiding a paper trail ..

How many times have we seen corporations and companies go into schools to “help save the underprivileged” just so they can fuel their own agenda. Specifically in Louisiana, we see this when plant companies “save” high schools and offer “great jobs” and “free education” to graduates. It’s for a personal interest rather than the interest of the school or students.

 

 

 

Get out was filled with symbolism… But to me there’s a main overarching theme, “Your black looks better on me.. ”

Welcome to 2017… a modern day minstrel…

 

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