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Fences

The African American Cultural and Dominant Views in Fences, a Film by Denzel Washington

November 8, 2021 by Essay Writer

There were many cultural and dominant views at the time of this production. This play was written in 1985, however, the setting is that of the 50’s and 60’s. Racial implications were certainly present in this film. African American movements were of much importance to both the author and the crew of this play. The author wanted to show audiences the typical life for a black man. Although, the author was of mixed races, black predominated.

When people think of racism, they do not think that it happened in recent times. However, during the 50’s it was still very alive. Segregation was also part of this horrible treatment. Black persons could not attend the same schools, eat at the same places, or sit in the front of the bus. They were not even allowed to vote until the year 1965. The author of this play chose this time, because it was one of the worst. However, it was during this time that many social activists began to work on such issues. Amongst these, is my personal favorite, Martin Luther King Jr. A fearless and courage filled leader that helped the black community, more than any other man.

The dominate opinions of this time was that racism was acceptable. Also, many were disgusted with the interracial relationships. Since the author was of mixed races, this was especially true for him. Many times, mixed persons have a hard time with which side or group to be a part of. Since segregation still happens unnoticeable even in today’s times. It is not mandated, however, still prevails. The author wanted an outlet for the problems he encountered due to the color of his skin. These obstacles were not easy, however, he never lost his cool or treated someone badly the way they did him. We can all learn a thing or two from him.

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