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Kpea 1 Bari-da Kpea Dr. Mosser English 1102 2/12/17 The Blind Side of Racism When we think about common stereotypical thoughts of African Americans, one tends to think of living in the ghetto, not being able to read at a prestigious level, and not having the basic knowledge on how to succeed. These stereotypical thoughts of African Americans were portrayed in the film The Blind Side. The movie, The Blind Side, is based on a true-life story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a black homeless teenager who received help from Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock), a rich Christian Caucasian women. While the plot in the movie builds up and rigorously comes to an end, you can see Michael is benefiting off living with the Tuohy’s. Michael could play football and his grades were excellent compared to his grades when he was homeless. The act of bringing someone into Michael’s life so he can benefit from it and become a successful human being was heartwarming, but the way the film was displayed showed how they were a blind side of racism. In the movie The Blind Side, it was first portrayed to show that it was going to be a movie on how Michael rises through adversity and how with the Tuohy’s help, he can become something out of nothing but the film kept directing it to how the Tuohy’s opened the doors to Michael in his hopeless situation. Michael’s background story, prior to being adopted by the Tuohy’s, could be very comparable to a black kid who does live in the ghetto, mother is on drugs, siblings nowhere to be found, and friends around you are gang members. The film director
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Kpea 2 put so much emphasis on how everyone thought about Michael’s predicament but little on how Michael thought about the Tuohy’s.
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