'Get Out' Is About Black Bodies Living in A White Society, It's Not A Horror Film but A Reality

I had the opportunity to attend a pre-screening for "Get Out" this past week and before attending the viewing I thought it was going to be a cliche move about a bi-racial relationship that ends in failure.

Like all my movie predictions, I was right, but this time I left feeling there was an underlying message in the movie about the Black body and Black identities in America. I left out thinking damn this movie proved everything I already knew about being Black in a White society and then some. In the end, It had me thinking that Jordan's Peeles "Horror" film is not really a horror at all, it's a snippet of reality and required viewing for those interested in understanding Black plight. Here are 8 thoughts I had after the movie was over.

1. The movie "Get Out" is about Black Excellence, Black Plight and how to beat systematic racism. When they try you, you stay, fight, and #GETOUT

Chris Washington's struggle in "Get Out" was real. He was a Black man with a Black sense, kind of like a 5th sense, that felt when something wasn't quite right. And he survived.

2. I honestly, didn't know what was going on until the best friend Rod, started talking to make sense of the "puzzle".

I'm not gon' lie, I paid attention as hard as I could and still, certain things weren't adding up. So, I paid close attention to Rod and Chris phone calls because I knew that someone had to hint at the hell going on at the Armitage’s estate.

3. White privilege is real, even in horror films.

Rose, used her privilege twice in the film, once to get them out of the unnecessary traffic stop and attempted a second time to "play victim", when the cop car arrived to save Chris!

4. Am I the only person who felt the pain in Georgina's voice when she tried to warn Chris?

This particular moment in the film I felt like Georgina was representing Black women who put themselves on the line for Black men.

5. How would the experience of the movie change if Rod didn't exist? 

Just a simple thought.

6. Is there a reason why Chris wasn't a typical "suburban Black" guy, who doesn't use AAVE?

 I just want to know.

7. Yes, Peele, you too realize the separation between underrepresented "minority" groups. 

I appreciated the part in the film where the Asian, aligned closely to the White majority. It highlighted although not for all individuals, that there is a separation in our communities of color. I started to think about the term "model minority" and the issues of race and ethnic politics.

8. I felt like I was stepping into the souls of Black Folks viewing the way Chris sunk into his body and was observing White folks trying to destroy him.

This was a constant thought I had throughout the film.

Although it seemed like in watching "Get Out" we were stepping into the Twilight zone we weren't. We were observing a creepy sick way of thinking about race relations, systematics as well as the representation of Black identities.

Jordan Peele, the director of the film says it best:

"I look at racism as a monster," Peele said. "It's an American monster, but it's also an innately human demon -- and it's not a one-sided thing. Everyone has to deal with their own innate feelings of racism and outsmart the racism within ourselves."
Side note for those who hate the film-Don't be mad that "Get Out" is metaphorically representing the world around us! Be mad that the world is in shambles and racism still reigns in our society.

"Get Out" is in theaters now!