Oppression In Do The Right Thing

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Oppression District 9 and Do the Right Thing both deal with problems of society. Do the Right thing views racism from a realistic setting. District 9 uses an alien group called prawns. Instead of viewing racism, District 9 deals with oppression of an alien species that is able to think in a humane way. While the groups are being oppressed in different ways, the statuses and the area they are forced to live in are the same similar, and they are seen as animalistic. To start with, the oppressed groups in both movies have to live in a bad area. The Prawns of District 9 are forced to live in an area of small makeshift houses. The area is high in crime and separated from the rest of society. The prawns are forced to live here because many humans…show more content…
The Koreans in Do the Right Thing deal with some sort of oppression. They may not have it as bad as those in the black community, but still have to live in the same area. They are a little better off than most of the people in the black community. Being business owners, they have some power in the neighborhood. The are portrayed as less powerful than the Italians. The Italian restaurant brings in much more revenue the Korean’s shop. The Nigerians of District 9 are oppressed just like Koreans. Their oppressors do not treat the Nigerians as bad as the prawns, but they are forced to live in the same area. Unlike the Koreans, the Nigerians further oppress the prawns the district. The Koreans are closer the black community. When there is a riot against the Italian shop, one of the shop owners says to the rioters that we are like you. The Koreans may not be oppressed against as much, but socially, they are the same as the rioters. Interestingly the only white person who was viewed as an equal to people in the black community was Smiley who had some sort of mental issue. With him as a character, the black community is treated equal to a white man with a mental…show more content…
In Do the Right Thing, Pino asks Sal to move his business to somewhere with their own people. He refers the black community as a bunch of apes. Pino sees only the distraction that the few of them create. Sal even says he has had no trouble with these people and most of them like Sal’s restaurant. It does not help that they were rioting at the end of the movie. Obviously, Radio Raheem did not disserve to die. He was asked to turn off his radio because it was annoying to him. The rioters took their anger out on Italians because they were the ones that got Radio Raheem to fight and get killed by the police. The community almost attacked the Korean shop until they realized that they were alike. In District 9, the aliens are seen as animals because of all the destruction they create. This is because some of the aliens were destroying things like trains. The prawns may not have understood what they were doing, but their destructive behavior was hurting humanity. With their high powered weapon, the destruction created became problematic for many people. Because of the actions the oppressed groups do, they are seen as animalistic. Oppression is a major topic discussed by District 9 and Do the Right Thing in different ways. Each movie deals with living an area with a low standard of living. They both have their own sub-groups of people who are being discriminated against. They also show how people view the oppressed groups as animalistic. These movies
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