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Directed by Jordan Peele
Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams and more
“I have a dream. My child will be able to live in a country where they can be evaluated by their personality not by their color.” This is one part of Martin Luther King’s speech. He was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and ended racial segregation on all Montgomery public buses. These were some of the reasons he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1964. However, these days, police men shoot black people who are unarmed. This led to an unsolved “Black and White” issue in the United States. In this situation, the movie ‘Get Out’ gives us a few points to look back at ourselves and reflect, through the movie.
The sum of main story ‘Get out” is a story about a black boyfriend invited to his white girlfriend’s parents’ house. “You are chosen because of your physical benefit and black person’s body with white person’s brain will make a best human” actress’s grandfather talked to Chris through ‘Coagula’ theory. Coagula theory is a theory of the movie which integrates each racial person’s advantage for the progression of humans. According to this theory, white people are the smartest and the black people have far superior physical characteristics. In this point, we should recognize that this movie has an important point that is really different with others. They accepted black people’s physical superiority. For example, some white people who were invited to Rose’s house touched Chris’s body asking about his physical superiority. But the thing is that white people treat black people as a product. We should acknowledge not only their physical characteristics but also their racial identity. They point out the progress of black people’s right in United States.
Also, as you can see in the movie, there are victim mentality of black people and psychological defensiveness. For example, Chris seemed uncomfortable when he was only surrounded by white people. And when he saw a black guy he told him that “I feel relieved now that I met my ethnic group.” All this moments show us that how black people are treated unfair and uncomfortable in their life. They have been judged by their color first place without their will. If you are judged by your appearances not a true personality of you, how you feel about that? It will hurt your feeling of yourself. We should not do that, because it will make a more productive society.
Lastly, the movie shows us white people having selfish ambitions. This concept is rooted from ‘White Supremacy’. This idea came from desire of ethnocentric and hegemony including racism and xenophobia. The Statue of Liberty in New York reminds us of immigrants’ hardships and hope in a new continent. This made in France for celebrate 100th anniversary of American Independence Day and promise a new life in America as an “American Dream” to immigrants leaping their poverty and disdain from their own country. Also it symbolizes liberation to slave. Even though it has been built 100 years, executive ability of ideas still remains as a challenging problem in America. So the movie made me reflect of our status of human rights. As like Martin’s wish, I hope universal human rights will be moving forward.