Our Sunken Place: "Post-Racial" America in Jordan Peele’s Get Out
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“Our Sunken Place: ‘Post-Racial’ America In Jordan Peele’s Get Out” takes a critical look at the contemporary United States using Jordan Peele's metaphor of the sunken place. As a society, we are passengers to the ongoing forms of racism that dominate the popular culture and political framework. This project is divided into three chapters in which I provide a critical lens to examine Jordan Peele's Get Out and address the sunken place within which the United States is ensnared. The first chapter focuses on what I call the "racial gothic." I argue that Peele's work provides a modern representation of the southern gothic genre but Peele manipulates this genre in order to show how the scars of slavery and the southern gothic can speak to contemporary representations of socio-political ideologies in America. The second chapter looks at the "death contract of blackness," which speaks to the representation of black characters within the horror genre and how Peele inverts the tradition of the white final girl from the slasher subgenre of horror film. Get Out both speaks to the tradition of Blaxploitation films and against normative forms of whiteness that have been reinforced by the horror genre. Lastly, my final chapter speaks to the Get Out’s engagement with post-Obama colorblind attitudes and the film's relationship with the "Black Lives Matter" movement. I argue that Get Out’s achievement can be brought into focus by using Charles Mills' notions of white liberalism and how much of the film's horrors lies in the reality that black men in contemporary America face everyday, despite how much society attempts to convey that we live in a "post-racial" America.