7 Reasons Scholars Are Teaching GET OUT & Why You Should Too –
I teach a @UCLA class, "The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival & the Black Horror Aesthetic." The linchpin: @JordanPeele’s Get Out. Last quarter, he surprised my class.
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MASS INCARCERATION. Jordan Peele told my class: “When I had this image of Chris in this dark hole…I realized I was talking about the prison industrial system.” The system is “abducting black people and throwing them in holes.”
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WHITE SUPREMACY. Jordan Peele tweeted that Get Out is a “documentary” because it allegorically documents the history of white supremacy and its effects on blacks.
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LIBERAL RACISM. Rose says: “My dad totally would have voted for Obama for a 3rd term if he could have.” Get Out explores the difficulty of trying to create allyship w/whites when so much racism exists across political lines.
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ISOLATION & ASSIMILATION. From the opening scene, when a black man is wandering lost in a white suburb, the film portrays the isolation of minorities in mostly white surroundings & fears of losing one’s identity to assimilation.
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COVETING/ENVY OF BLACK BODIES. Get Out explores our society’s love-hate relationship with black bodies: coveting and envying blacks (think of the creepy dinner scene and the Coagula procedure) while also reviling blacks.
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MICROAGGRESSIONS. “My man.” The family & party scenes in Get Out reflect a common black experience when whites in social/work settings ONLY see your blackness & fumble for conversation, i.e. Obama, Tiger Woods, sexual curiosity.
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COMPLICITY OF WHITE WOMEN. The statistics matter: 53% of white women voted for Tr*mp. A higher percentage, 63 percent, voted for Roy Moore in Alabama. It’s a problem. Rose Armitage is complicit. Mom MARRIED into this family.
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A surprising amount of scholarship on GET OUT already exists. Check out this Get Out database curated by @KaiAlexisSmith at Cal Poly Pomona: libguides.library.cpp.edu/getout/home

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This quarter, John Jennings (@JIJennings) is also launching his #blackhorror course at @UCRiverside: "Afrofuturism & the Visual Cultures of Horror," also with an emphasis on GET OUT.
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For a history of blacks in horror films & black horror films, you MUST get Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890s to the Present by Robin R. Means Coleman @meanscoleman (2011). This book is everything for film lovers.

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Black women are at the forefront of #blackhorror scholarship and storytelling. Learn more in Sycorax’s Daughters, an antho of short stories and poetry by black women, ed. by Linda D. Addison @nytebird45 , Susana Morris & Dr. Kinitra Brooks @k8dee16.

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Dr. Kinitra Brooks @k8dee16 also just published Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror. It includes analysis of work from all over the Diaspora & artists like @Nalo_Hopkinson , @ChesyaBurke, @NKJemisin and Gloria Naylor
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If you love black horror or want to learn more, you need to follow Ashlee Blackwell @graveyardsister, a fantastic horror resources. Her website is at graveyardshiftsisters.com. Also follow @blckhorror. (Other suggestions welcome at end of this thread!)
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Want to learn more about #blackhorror & you’re not at UCLA or UCR? I’m launching my PUBLIC webinar The Sunken Place w/@StevenBarnes1 1/13. Six live lectures & SPECIAL GUESTS. :) Find out more: To reg: sunkenplaceclass.com

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Apr 23, 2018
This is life for black people under y'all's police state. Black men, women and children. Don't complain to me about "identity politics." It's called trying to live. Trying to raise our families. Trying to survive.
A year ago, my son & friends were as upset when they saw police handcuff a black teen at the park. "He wasn't doing anything." I wrote to our local police chief. To her credit, she called immediately to address it. But in the end, it was neighbors: "See something, say something."
So, yes, we need a drastic reimagining of policing practices in the U.S. The word "reform" doesn't even begin to cover it. But then we're still stuck with too many whites for whom black and brown skin alone is often cause for alarm. And the entitlement of calling police over B.S.
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Since we have a week to fill until #BlackPanther I'll kick off an #AfrofuturismShortFilmFestival of black scifi, magical realism and horror. First up is PUMZI (2009) directed by @wanuri Kahiu of Kenya. I love this film!
(Use the hashtag to suggest faves.)
Before Daniel Kaluuya was W'Kabi in #BlackPanther or an Oscar-nominated actor for Get Out, he starred in this masterful and heartbreaking short film by @kibwetavares, JONAH (2013). vimeo.com/58646255
Before @SterlingKBrown made history with his acting awards or was N'Jobu in #BlackPanther he co-starred in this chilling web series pilot, The Abandon (2012), by @keithjosef
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.@JordanPeele in today's #BlackHorror class at @UCLA on The Sunken Place: "I realized it was the prison industrial complex." So many lives.
"It's the entire system that keeps us down, external and internal." --@JordanPeele on The Sunken Place in today's #BlackHorror class.
Today we snuck @JordanPeele into a back row while I was screening a scene from Get Out in my #blackhorror class. Then he raised his hand.
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