Guess whos coming to dinner

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Equality for All
Stanley Kramer’s film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, is about an interracial marriage between a black man and a white woman as well as the generational divide between the alarmed parents of both races and the optimistic young couple. There are aspects of the film that can be construed as progressive and influential for the era, the film more accurately serves as a reflection of the larger socio-political context of 1960’s America in regards to both attitudes of antagonism and acceptance of interracial marriage.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner addressed a forbidden subject during the pinnacle of cultural changes in America. This film is brilliantly put together, and part of that reason is because of the outstanding cast.
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The film influenced members of the American public to consider the possibility of interracial dating in their own lives and to re-examine their own biases. The film was not as progressive as it potentially could have been since it avoided serious confrontations with racism while maintaining elements of white dominance in order to attract white audiences.
He states very explicitly, “I know that the white man made the black woman the symbol of slavery and the white woman the symbol of freedom. Every time I embrace a black woman I’m embracing slavery, and when I put my arms around a white woman, well, I’m hugging freedom” (Cleaver, 170 ). Therefore, Cleaver explains his attraction to white women as an attraction to the long established symbols of freedom and racial supremacy. This idea is comparable to the symbols of freedom in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. “Toplin argues that love and the ability to choose a mate without restrictions symbolized freedom in Kramer’s film” (Harris and Toplin, 707).
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner accurately reflects how fears surrounding interracial marriage also greatly concerned many blacks in American society. Fear being one of the more important underlying messages that is
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