White Fragility In Get Out

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White Fragility is a term coined by Dr. Robin DiAngelo meaning “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.” DiAngelo believes white people in North America live in a social environment that insulates them from race-based stress, due to their privilege as part of the cultural majority. The idea of white fragility entails that members of the Caucasian race do not struggle as much as minorities and, through their ignorance, they believe they understand and can relate to the struggles minorities endure on a daily basis. Director Jordan Peele demonstrates this concept of white fragility through his thriller suspense film, Get Out. This film to transports the viewer to the perspective of the white dominance in America towards minorities and how powerful their role of control is in the U.S. Through projecting some of his own fears, Peele approach this horrifying reality through dark plot twists and comedic satire.
During the second scene of the film, when introduced to the protagonist of the film, Chris Washington, the song “Redbone” by Childish Gambino plays. The chorus section of the song sets the mood for the entire film. As the chorus of the song goes,
“But stay woke
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The ending of this lyric relates to Chris Washington that later through the movie must not close his eyes in the sunken place and must stay woke to realize the situation he will shortly be put in. Peele introduces this song to inform the viewer that they must be socially aware and awake to avoid danger and being taken advantage of in life. This perspective can be for both the oppressed minority to become knowledged on their own rights and power. It could also be interpreted to the White majority to be awaken of the social issues around them and see beyond their privilege and white
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