It’s Too Late to “Get Out,” We’ve Got to Overcome

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I just watched Get Out this afternoon, for the first time with my 15-year-old daughter. The movie was sold out last weekend when went to see it, so I made a point not to read any article related to the movie, so that I wouldn’t spoil my experience, although some of the titles were very tempting to read. My daughter and I had a very in depth discussion after the movie and I am pleased to know that she is ‘awake!’ The discussion confirmed that she has a decent perception of life. When we got home, the thought came to me that ‘it’s too late to get out, we’ve got to overcome.’ I’d like to take a moment to share my thoughts:

When I looked at how Chris was captured and hypnotized, I could not help but make a parallel to the larger scheme of things, when Africans, Negros, Coloreds, Blacks, African Americans, and the term I prefer, Americanized Africans were captured and/or bought and brought to this country and the programming began (and has yet to end). There is no escape for us, except for those who were born light enough to pass, and chose to do so upon the abolishment of slavery. Yet, I cannot even imagine that was a satisfactory way to escape, when having to live with that ‘dark’ secret and with the fear of having a child whose skin color may expose the truth. I cannot imagine how they could look themselves in the eye, in the mirror knowing, yet denying who their families were/are.

We cannot escape the United States of America and the blemished identity that its racism has generated for us. We almost have no identity. Where would we go back to? We don’t know what specific tribes we originated from, because we were programmed to speak a broken version of English and forced to forget our native tongues. Our skin tones are various hues of creams, browns, and blacks, certainly a combination of African, European, and American Indian (among others) ethnicities. Where can we go? Anywhere we choose to go to Get Out of this condition, the stigmas, labels, and stereotypes will follow. Rose’s brother implied that Chris was intellectually inferior to him, just as the media has been used to portray people of color in this fashion.

We’ve got to overcome! Just as Chris found a way to stop the programming (make-shift cotton balls stuffed in his ears), we must find alternatives. First, we must understand the condition we are in and what is going on around us. Many people seem to be oblivious to the fact that, although slavery has been over for many years, we are still living under the effects and conditioning of it. Here in America, people push assimilation. I disagree, it’s not about assimilation, it’s about adaptation. If we assimilate, we will lose the shred of identity that we have left with our American African culture! How can we overcome?

1) We have to respect, love, and embrace ourselves and each other. Stop competing with each other on surface bs and materialistic things.

2) Build networks and businesses and support one another financially. (Smaller businesses have to start out with higher prices, not because they want more money, but it costs more to be produced by a company with limited resources).

3) Stop fighting and killing each other. Man up and woman up and use words to settle disagreements.

4) Listen to others. Sometimes we learn the hard way because we did not listen to the advice someone shared with us. If Chris had listened to his friend Rod, he may have avoided his terrible experience.

It’s too late to Get Out, we’ve got to overcome!

Peace, LOVE, & Respect