Movie Analysis : ' Movie ' Rosewood ' Essay

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Rosewood: Film Analysis

“Help me!’, screams Fannie Taylor as she comes running out from her house into the street. The neighbors in the all-white town of Sumner, Florida, rush to Ms. Taylor’s side to find out how to help this frantic woman. Ms. Taylor claims that a black man came to her home and attacked her, leaving her face bruised and beaten. Rather than suffer the consequences of her adulterous ways, Ms. Taylor fabricates a story with a black man as the assailant, provoking the already jealous white men of Sumner, who promise to find the intruder and see that justice is served. Based on a true story, “Rosewood” shows how racism feeds off of hate and ignorance based on nothing more than the color of one’s skin. The film "Rosewood" shows the racial hatred of African Americans in the early 1920’s, and how racism is handed down from one generation to the next. In the beginning of the film we see one of the men who is a part of the angry lynch mob, on a fishing trip with his son. He tells his son, “Listen here, I don’t want you hanging around that colored boy no more.” The son looks confused and asks his dad, “Who Arnett?” To which the father replies, Don’t look right, my boy trailing around after a nigger.” Throughout the film this father, Duke Purdy, is teaching his son, Emmett that white people are superior and it is clear that the son does not understand how that can be true. Because this poor, white man…

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