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Jordan Peele's 'Us' Reflects the Struggle for Black Liberation (Spoilers)

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Jordan Peele’s 'Us' Reflects the Struggle for Black Liberation (Spoilers)

Niara Savage
Apr 8, 2019 - 5:00

Jordan Peele’s Us, the highly anticipated follow-up to Get Out, hit theaters on March 22, quickly became an international cinematic phenomenon. The record-breaking film had the most successful opening weekend ever for an original horror film. It also secured Jordan Peele’s role as a

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  1. There are also a lot of interesting symbolism used to demonstrate this inequality:
    – the Tethered are in red jumpsuits (representing mass incarceration)
    – the song “I Got 5 On It’ features prominently in the movie and is about paying half for a dime bag (whereas the Tethered in the movie aren’t getting their half/fair share)
    – “tethers” are bonds of servitude, like slavery, and Adelaide’s character cannot completely escape her own childhood bondage and is forced to wear handcuffs throughout the film

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