Blind Side: the Contradictive Position of the Black People in the Society

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The Blind Side (2009) is a film that came up with the idea of a white woman, Leigh Anne, who looks after an unfortunate African-American child named Michael Oher who later to be a well-known football player. Some people say that it is an inspiring story because it is loaded with humanity issue and it teaches us that as human beings, regardless of differences, we have to help each other. Just like in this film, Michael Oher (Mike) probably wouldn’t be a great football player if it wasn’t for Leigh Anne. The Blind Side apparently wants to describe that the black people and the white people can even live together under the same roof in a harmony. How the story flows in this film is like there is an uneducated black kid who needs a help, then the white person came up to be the savior, and the problem solved by the white person becoming the legal guardian of the black kid and they live happily ever after. Alternatively, it strengthens the stereotype about black people in the eyes of the white people. The whites construct the blacks into people who can be underestimated, looked down on or laughed at and yet, they actually have a fear about the black people. This film implicitly tells the spectators that the position of white people in society seems to be more superior to the black ones; meanwhile the existence of black people makes the whites feel apprehensive. Even so, the whites also need the blacks to be around and it makes the blacks look more superior unintentionally. The reason why the white people seem to demonize or look down the black people is because of the past story about the black people. The blacks are seen as if they are fraud and nothing more than armed gangsters. The setting of this film itself is in the Memphis, which has been known as one of destinations of African-Americans to live over these past 15 years. And, as long as I know the racial

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