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How "Get Out" Breaks Down Black Women Vs. White Women With Black Men In The Middle

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By now, Get Out has been dissected and broken down, even in exploring minor details. One blogger even explained the reasoning for the sole Asian man in the movie. What I have not found, are articles which explain black women’s role and imaginary.

In the beginning of the film, we see Chris home alone waiting for his girlfriend. It is not clear if Chris is employed, but it is empathized that he has talent in photography.

The relationship between Chris and Rose is role-reversed. One in shown when Chris is not bothered with the stress of being a patriarchal man/breadwinner. Unlike the traditional setting of gender roles in media, Rose is coming home, while Chris waits for her. There is another untraditional routine between the couple: Chris being nervous of meeting Rose’s family. Granted we know that race will be a problem, but why doesn't Chris feel like his economic status will raise alarm to her father? It’s a typical approach in boyfriend-meets-father scenarios. The audience is left in the dark on whether Chris even works.

The reasoning for Chris’ laid-back behavior is likely due to his troubles in getting over his mother’s death. Even though he was a child back then, it still scars him. In the film, it is not definitively known if Chris only dates white women, but due to the dynamic of the relationship, he rests easy feeling that his only responsibility is loving Rose.

He does not put anything on the table that is tangible. Chris does not even have a car and in the future, the autonomy/ownership of the keys for the car will be his ticket to freedom.

Now how does Rose supposedly fit in black issues? She is the fantasy white woman that color-struck black men fall for because she is ‘down for brothas.’ Rose does not challenge Chris’ manhood. In their disagreements, she does not bring up his not having a job or car.

Rose even asserts herself as not needing protection. She even knows how to use a gun. When the officer asks if Chris has ID even though he wasn't the driver, Rose butts in and uses her white privilege to question his unethical procedure in reporting an accident.

Once the couple drives off, Rose ensures that no one "f*cks with her man." Once hearing that, it felt as though Rose threw a sneak diss to black women, implying that black women do not stick up for their men. Unknown to Rose, a black female officer laughs at Rod’s explanation that Chris was kidnapped by white people for a nefarious plot to use black people as sex slaves. Her laughter shrugs off Chris’ woes as a well-deserved punishment for abandoning black women.

White women have been giving too much credit as to being loyal, submissive and better at sex. The rivalry between black and white women was mentioned in the book, The Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman. Black women who once fought side-to-side with black men were confused and betrayed by the secret agenda that civil rights leaders and even black nationalists were running to the arms of white women.

The film should have explored this notion deeper, but from the little that was inserted, the audience gets a surprising reveal that Georgina and Rose once had a relationship. Metaphorically, this could describe the relationship that black and white feminists have in the second wave feminism. 

Black women get token credit by white feminists that they were instrumental in the movement but after the march, black and white women leave and return to their segregated cities.

White feminists do not care about Trayvon Martin or black sons. It does not matter how many articles there are written by white feminists on topics concerning maternity leave, parenting or reproductive rights.

Get Out was a social lesson that white people may never have a vast interest in fixing race relations.

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