Racial capitalism in the film “Sorry to bother you” directed by Boots Riley

  • I’ve attached the assignment document below with all the instructions. I’m only asking for the final essay part 
  • Here are sources I have already found that could work for the essay: 
  • Aftab, Kaleem. White Lines. Sight and Sound, 28 Dec. 2018, pp. 2228. In an interview with director Boots Riley, Kaleem Aftab discusses themes of the movie Sorry to Bother you and how they are portrayed in the film.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     As not all of the interview is centralized around the movies themes and large portions of the interview are directed at the directors past careers, production, and character analysis, it’s apparent that this interview is directed at an audience that has watched Sorry to Bother you and are interested in knowing more about the film and/or director. Director Riley in this interview emphasizes that the themes of race and capitalism are not portrayed separately, but instead should be perceived together. As shown with the white voice, there is an advantage in this capitalistic world with being perceived as white. As Riley puts it, All of this stuff, all of these ideas, are inextricably linked. I dont have to be like, How do I fit this in? Unfortunately the world has mashed them all in together for me. So, for instance, when Danny Glovers character Langston says, There is no white voice and what white people are supposed to sound like. That whole thing goes towards the idea that there is a performance of whiteness, which is the opposite of the racist tropes of blackness and people of colour (paragraph 24). Because the harmful stereotype tropes that people of color face directly put them at a disadvantage in capitalism. There is an advantage to being white, because there is a disadvantage to being black. This source would best be used as a framing quote, or method citation, because it is specifically discussing Sorry to Bother you and the director’s intentions. This quote would be good to use as an introduction for a scene analysis proving Riley’s point that race and capitalism are one of each other in this film. 
  • Bealer, Tracy L. Emma’s Touch: Capitalism, the Body and the Interruption of America’s Golden Moment in Doctorow’s Ragtime. Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory, vol. 73, no. 1, 2017, pp. 113133., doi:10.1353/arq.2017.0004.                                                                                                                                                                             In this Journal writer Tracy Bealer dissects multiple 1970s novels on how they portray the American dream that capitalism claims itself as. Despite how hopeful and opportunistic capitalism appears, Bealer points out that each successful protagonist is a white male. Bealer goes on to state, However, the protagonist of these novels is always a young white boy, suggesting that only this racial and gendered identity is privileged to achieve the American Dream (paragraph 8). This same Idea is repeated in Sorry to Bother you with the continuous white voice that Cassius and other characters use. This source would be a good direct quote because even though it does not discuss Sorry to Bother you, the contents of the paper are in direct alignment with the purpose of many actions of the characters and movie. The audience that Bealer is attempting to reach are readers interested in American literature, and how it portrays capitalism, race, and sex.

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