I love the movie GET OUT. I laughed so hard through out. The British man I was dating at the time didn’t laugh at all. He thought it was terrifying.
Why such different reactions?
I’ve thought a lot about, all the ways the the movie GET OUT resonated with so many people for so very different reasons. One thought I had is that because Jordan Peele’s mother is White and his father is Black, Jordan grew up seeing two different worlds through each of his parents eyes. Jordan managed to live with one foot in both worlds and then to brilliantly merge them for our entertainment and enjoyment. I wondered if that was a gift that was unique to his genius or to bi-racial people in general.
Then I began to think about other places where White identity was cloaked in Black skin. My personal favorite, I’ve seen it fourteen times and listened to the recording hundreds of times, it’s HAMILTON the musical. HAMILTON is GET OUT; slave holding whites embodied in the talent, beauty and energy of African American and Latino bodies.
But is that happening anywhere else?
I think it’s happening everywhere. It is particularly prevalent in every organization’s attempts to promote diversity and inclusion. I’ve often found that the Black and Brown people who get hired in those positions were the very people least likely to be found in a pro-Black movement. I understood that the white organizations were hiring people they felt comfortable with, people who would not rock the boat, people who would co-sign their views and values. But I think it goes much further than that.
I have many friends who have “won” the opportunity to participate in the programs that purport to want to elevate the voices of people who traditionally receive less representation. In most every instance, these friends report back that their attempts to tell stories the way they want to tell them (their voice) is not understood or they are told it would be clearer, better if they told the story the way the mentor/boss suggests. And of course, the person complies because non-compliance means loss of the opportunity. And although the person of color, the female, the Trans person is in the room , their voice is silenced, subjugated the way the Black bodies are subjugated in GET OUT.
I cannot speak for the hundreds of people who wrote and signed WESEEYOUWAT. I do know that what I…