I do not like thriller movies. That said I had no interest in seeing the psychological thriller, “Get Out.” If it were not for my friend I would have passed this movie by but with her insistence and brilliance I was made curious. And so it took me a few weeks, asked a few friends, but I can finally say I saw the movie “Get Out.”
Now after seeing the movie I was still perplexed. I have seen racism on camera, through many cinematic venues, but thriller. I kept wondering why some people thought this movie was so great. So I pushed myself, but even then I manage to only come out with one peril – when people show you a glimpse of who they are and it is bad you should get out. I know not really that deep or provocative.
So I called my friend for a remedial class on the movie and she reintroduced me to a concept micro aggression. I had been hearing the word but not really jiving with it. My eyes were opened; I had a field of examples in this movie. When People …white people…racist people…close minded folks…dishonest people…insert your adjective people…. I mean whoever they are…say things to us whoever us is…things that are not okay, but we look over them, not realizing the cost of hearing it and then letting it take it’s toll on us, that is a micro aggression.
So I think the movie is a good reminder that oppressed people need to be more aware and get out sooner. It’s time for us to go. To flee those places that are not good to us. Like the guy in the movie, it’s time for us to run towards freedom. It’s time for us to not overlook the things said that are not okay no matter the intent. Do not discount those things that do not feel right to you. How many signs do we need to know these spaces are not good for us to occupy. The character in the movie obviously needed many. He is an example, that we should get out before it’s too late to get out. It’s time for good people oppressed people to wake up, be aware of what is going on, and when necessary get out.