There’s an Indian Flavour to Get Out’s Everyday Racism

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There’s an Indian Flavour to Get Out’s Everyday Racism

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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he American suburbia that provides the backdrop for the Academy Award-winning Get Out might not look like crowded Mumbai or Delhi, but its inhabitants certainly reminded me of us Indians.

There’s a scene in the movie where the African-American lead character played by Daniel Kaluuya finds himself at a brunch attended predominantly by white people. Sticking out like a sore thumb, the hero Chris soon finds all sights trained on him. The Caucasian guests approach him one-by-one, some praise his photography, others praise his physique. He gets inspected and evaluated like a pig at market. It reminded me of the time I came under the scrutiny of my distant relatives, most of them trying to find out if I was a rishta fit for their daughters.

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