Racial Perspective In Toni Morrison's Wondrous Diaspora

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This film study will define the alienation of ethnic and racial perspective in the Jewish and African Diaspora as defined in Wondrous Oblivion (2003). The main character, David Wiseman (Sam Smith), is a young Jewish boy that is living in a predominantly protestant white English society. David loves the sport of cricket, which a new neighbor from Jamaica, Dennis Samuels (Delroy Lindo), teaches him in an effort to adapt him to this type of culture. Dennis’ background as a member of the African Diaspora of the Windrush generation is a major part of social advancement, which threatens the native English family, the Wilsons. Dennis must endure racial marginalization as a member of the black working classes in a predominantly white English neighborhood, …show more content…
Of course, Dennis is a Jamaican that has been raised in English society, which has given him exceptional skills in the sport of cricket. In terms of racial mixing, Dennis is a very caring and patient father figure, which make s him a strong “father figure” to David in terms of his obsession with cricket. David is not racist, but his father is very racist. This defines the different modes of Diaspora of the white European Jewish community, which can infer a superior state of social standing in comparison to their darker-skinned neighbors. In one scene, David comes into the house and tells his father of Dennis’ cricket net (being put up next to their house), but his father strictly forbids him from going over to partake in cricket lessons: “These are not out kind of people. There is nothing against them, but we don’t Mix. Do I make myself clear?” Of course, Dennis must not only endure racism from his protestant white neighbors, but David’s father is also projects a racist attitude before he even gets a chance to meet Dennis. This form of pre-judgment defines the complex interaction of these two differing Diasporas, which are separately ethnicity and racial characteristics. The African Diaspora (stemming from slavery in the Caribbean and Africa) is part of this collective animosity on the white people that live in this type of English neighborhood: “Due to a troubled relationship with the majority.” This is part of the overt racism that alienates Dennis and his family members, but it also leads to a forced interaction between himself and David that begins to unlock these conflicting Diasporas in terms of a hegemonic protestant white

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