Saturday, April 16, 2011
Night of the Living Dead and Race
I found night of the living dead interesting as far as its take on race. Overall the movie, unintentionally funny, silly, and has moments where your just say to yourself really? On top of that they have the traditional female stereotypes of passive and helpless women, who can barely stand up straight. the part that really interested me was the portrayal of the black character. First, he was in a major role in the movie as a decision maker and a leader. There are many times when he comes into conflict with the other white character, but the black man is more often than not right in the situations. The major statement is made at the end, where you have black man as the last man standing, who used his brains and brawn to survive the night, only to be killed by a group of white men in mob haphazardly shooting people, and finally ignorantly taking aim at the human, holding a weapon and killing him. The movie makes it grandest statement about race relations in that final scene, in a melodramatic killing of human as if nothing happened.