Mudbound and Get Out: Right-Feeling or Repentance?

In my over ten years of teaching literature, I’ve come to expect that stories about racism elicit a certain response from certain students. If it’s a piece like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye or even Octavia Butler’s Kindred, then white students will respond with sympathy. Their discussions will signal that racism is bad and they…

2017 in Film: Breaking the Rod of the Oppressor

For Living Lutheran, I wrote about what I saw as the prominent trend in 2017 movies: a focus on those who are dejected, powerless, and (financially, politically) weak. The films that resonated most with critics and audiences were about the monstrosity of systematic racism (Get Out), the poor outside of Disneyland (The Florida Project), the…

The Official (Not Official) Get Out White Liberal Bingo Card!

  Warning: This post contains spoilers for Get Out   As indicated by its (nearly) unanimous critical praise and impressive box office receipts, Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out has been enjoyed by lots of people. For some white liberal filmgoers, myself included, the movie has been a revelation, dramatizing a type of horror that…