Straight Outta Compton

Monday, January 11th, 2016

     There are many different variables that come into play when you consider the relationship between the white man and the black man. Specifically, slavery has left a permanent social issue between the two groups. As social psychologists, we want to determine how we can fix or lessen the social gap between whites and blacks. To understand the root of the problem, we’d have to look back in the past at the struggles that the two groups have had. The movie Straight Outta Compton, would be a great film to watch and observe the struggles presented to the two groups.

     At the beginning of the movie, there was a scene in which there were various individuals in a house dealing drugs, and all of a sudden, a police bulldozer came and just drove into the house. Windows were broken, lives were lost, and the home was completely destroyed. The problem with this issue was that these individuals, although they were doing something wrong, they were living in a poverty-stricken area. The ones that survived the attack, would be homeless now. Where will they stay? What will they do? How will normal, everyday life situations occur if they have no home? Well, as observed in this scene and various other scenes, there was not an incentive to care about black men, or black lives in general. They did not care about how blacks made it in life. It’s almost as if bulldozing this home was getting rid of the individuals that lived there and they obviously did not care.

     This particular scene can also be an example of extreme police brutality. In society today, we have seen many different examples of police brutality; including, but not limited to Sandra Bland and Michael Brown. It is sad that there are still some aspects of things that were happening in the 1980’s that still exist today. How could you just bulldoze, not only someone’s home, but that person? It’s completely dehumanizing and you’d think that now we would not have these issues in society, because of influential speakers such as Martin L. King Jr., whom was all about equality. However, that is not the case.

     Although this movie is centered around the group NWA’s struggle to rise to the top after being denied and rejected so many times, it has a main theme of inequality. For some reason, there is a thought that police have a certain authority over people, even today, and unfortunately, black men have been main victims associated with this inequality.

      There are many issues in society that center around inequality. It was quite strategic, I think for them to have released the film right now, while we are currently going through a time where we have slogans like “Black Lives Matter”, which arose from the current police brutality that is occurring in society. I know that specifically the slogan “Black lives Matter”, is not one to basically separate black lives from any other lives, but the slogan is to advocate for black lives. We currently live in a time in which slavery was not abolished that long ago and there are some aspects of slavery that are starting to trickle back into society. So, the slogan is used to remind individuals that black lives matter, and that it is not okay to just do certain things that are unfair to blacks, or to anyone for that matter. Blacks and every other race are free and there should be no question about that. However, in society today, some of the issues with inequality, in the past are still present in society.

     This would be a great movie for social psychologists to analyze and study to understand the struggle between the black man and the white man. We need to continue to move towards a place where there is no struggle between whites and blacks. This can be a problem, because you can’t change the minds and opinions of everyone in regards to the fact that the inequality that exists today is wrong. That would be impossible, but if we could gain enough knowledge from studying and analyzing biopics, like Straight Outta Compton, we could probably change enough minds or opinions to make a difference. Although the movie provides many different rated R scenes, there are good examples that need to be highlighted so that individuals can realize that the incidents that went on in the movie were wrong and that black lives do, truly matter.