Written by Amber Shen
I watched the movie Get Out during fall break and it made me self evaluate myself and how a small part of the movie relates to my life even though it is a psychological thriller. A brief synopsis of the movie is that the main character, Chris, goes to meet his girlfriend’s parents in their suburban neighborhood. When they arrive a lot of strange things start to happen to Chris, who is the only black man on the property.
A specific part that resonated with me is the scene where the family has a party and invites their friends- all of which are white- and they all seem fascinated with Chris. Especially for his genetics that give the gentical “advantage”. Many bring up sports and black athletes they admire. Some ask questions of what it’s like to be black in the modern world. This made me reflect on the times I’ve met someone for the first time and the first thing mentioned is something about me being Chinese. This and the scene from the movie both reflect how these comments separate POC from white people by only being viewed from the color of their skin instead of having a typical conversation without bringing up race. Although it is ok to have genuine curiosity about a different culture, I think it is also important to look at one another as human beings and remove the prejudices we have of one another just because of how one looks.