I went out to see the new movie Get Out, which was written by funnyman Jordan Peele. I must say this movie came with lots of mixed emotions from the first previews. It was a horror movie that featured a black man as the lead and the villians were white good ole white folks. Well damn! Some said "Mane, white folks been the villains for centuries" while others were screaming that the movie was racist against whites.....Really bruh? As a black man, I couldn't really understand that assessment, but I digress. 

I will say that this movie is one that everyone should see. It's definitely not just a black film and it's also not an anti-white film either. Before I go into detail, here's a friendly disclaimer. 

Disclaimer: Major Spoilers Alert! Turn back now if you haven't seen the movie!!  

 

Ok now that we've got that out the way, BRRUUUHHHHH!!!! Like wow!! I assume if you're still reading then you've seen the movie at least once. I can say that it wasn't as cut and dry as I thought it was from the previews. Can't say I saw that plot twist coming at all.  

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What I will say is that if you don't have a friend like Rod, you don't have a real friend. This guy is actually the hero of the film. He told Chris from the start that there was something fishy about everything. 

Rod also embodies the constant suspicions and fears that many blacks have with white people. I'm pretty sure some whites also have suspicions and fears in regards to blacks as well. I think it's a human issue that stems from years of racial programming. Rod is constantly on guard and seems negative at first, but his fears are rooted in what he's heard and probably witnessed. I don't necessarily think white people are making black people sex slaves though, but I could be wrong. 

Chris embodies the black person that wants to be accepted but is also still pretty guarded. He also is a bit blinded by love. There's been a long standing notion in the black community that black men shouldn't date white women because she will set you up to destroy you. This movie caters to that fear, which has many historical ties like the horrendous treatment of young Emmitt Till, who was tortured and killed because he allegedly whistled at a white woman. 

I knew something was up when Rose, the girlfriend to Chris, failed to mention to her parents that he was black. I knew then that this was a set up. Who doesn't prep their parents? I prep my parents when it's a black woman! Lol. I also noticed that Rose downplayed all of Chris' concerns as jokes. I knew then she wasn't trying to relate to him, but make him seem overly fearful in order to further let his guard down. I was shocked that Rose herself wasn't under the hypnosis of her mom. 

Speaking of hypnosis, that's also a huge fear of many black people. Being under the control of another person and not being able to do anything about it, is a terrifying thought. When the family was sitting outside and the mom tapped the glass twice, I knew that was the focus point. That and the stirring of the spoon.  

Can we talk about the "help"? The groundskeeper and the maid were very odd. I knew that from the moment they were on the screen. I didn't know that they were actually the grandfather and grandmother. That was a major plot twist.  

Also, Chris should have ran out of there when he met "Logan". Ain't no brothers named Logan!! Then he shook the fist bump!! Yep time to roll!  

The film left me with a few questions. Would these people be able to live forever by constantly putting themselves into the bodies of black people? Did they think they would go through life and live happily without having to deal with the everyday issues that black people struggle with? Like the issue with the police officer on the way to the house. Lastly, where the hell are the other black people? ROSE HAD A BOX FULL OF VICTIMS!! Where are they? Did they get Logan back?  

I thought the film was very good. I think this film could have only be written by a black person because it showed the fears that we have when it comes to white people. I'm in no way saying this is the right way to think, I'm just pointing out a way of thinking amongst some blacks. I remember when I was a kid and I read a book to my grandmother. She instantly grabbed from me and said "Dont be doing all that reading. White folks will kill you for reading." At the time I thought she was crazy, but later in life I found out that her brother, George, was killed by a group of white men for reading. It blew my mind, but also made me realize that these fears might have been based on fear truths and experiences.  

At this point in my life, I try to base every interaction with any person specifically on that situation and not on what someone's great great grandaddy might have done to my great great grandfather. I don't judge a person by their skin color at all, but I also struggle with these fears and suspicions because I've been programmed to think that all white people have sinister motives, which is totally not true at all. All humans have the capacity to be evil as well as the capacity to be good. It's not regulated to one race. That's the message I got from this film. That blacks have a real fear and that usually gets pushed to the side as nonsense when it's deeply rooted and ingrained in us from day one. I hope this opens the door for more dialogue so that we can dispell these fears and move closer to being just a human race. 

Also top NCAA prospects, beware!! Lol

Life is for Living,  

Michael B.  

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