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The Movie “Get Out” – Suspense And Racial Metaphors

The previews promoted the movie Get Out as a horror or comedy movie.  I’m not a big fan of horror movies so didn’t make time to see it in the theater.  When the movie became available On Demand, I watched it.  In fact, I’ve watched it about 5 times.

Get Out was nominated for, and won many awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.   Those selecting movies for nominations just didn’t know what category to use for Get Out.  I categorize it as a suspense movie.  There’s some science fiction stuff in it but overall, the movie is about aversive racism.

If you haven’t seen Get Out, there are spoilers in this post, but I promise you, even the spoilers will help increase your enjoyment and understanding of the movie.

Some Whites reading this might feel uncomfortable.  Some might feel insulted.  Some might see it as an eye-opener to check their own sense of entitlement because truly, people with entitlement characteristics tend to use the same manipulative schemes to try to get what they want from everyone, regardless of race.

Some have accused Get Out of promoting distrust and hatred of Whites.   It doesn’t.   The movie doesn’t have to create distrust.   It is telling Whites what most Blacks already know about aversive racism and its bed partner, White entitlement.

The movie tells the story of a White family whose ideologies include that Whites are superior in intelligence, while Blacks are physically superior.   Even the one character whose brain was newly implanted into a Black body, spoke of his Black experience in terms of spending more time doing chores.  In other words, he’s attempting to validate the idea that Blacks are created for servitude and physical labor.

The grandfather of the Armitage family developed the means to transplant the brains of Whites into the bodies of Blacks, while leaving enough of the victim’s brain so the victim becomes a spectator of how the White recipient is using their body.

The children of the family include a son named Jeremy, who likes to physically challenge Black men’s strength and so, uses sleep holds and physical force to kidnap and restrain them.  The mother, Missy, is a hypnotherapist who has developed a technique to put victims in a “sunken place”.   The dad is a neurosurgeon.  Jeremy’s sister is Rose. More about Rose later.

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