Sundance- Dear White People Gets Their Attention

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This article discusses the new movie Dear White People that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film has raised a lot of questions from viewers about racism in America. It is suggested for high school students, but could be appropriate for younger readers who can handle mature discussions about sensitive topics.

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You can follow this link to find out more about the film and its stars. (This annotation contains a link)
This joke reveals a certain belief some people have about middle and upper class white people and their relationships with people of color. What point do you think the film is trying to make by adding a line like this? Do you believe their point is accurate? Explain. 
You can follow this link for a summary of the horror film Gremlins.  (This annotation contains a link)
Considering the range of characters portrayed, it seems like writer and directer Justin Simien wanted to make his points by spotlighting and exploiting 
As crazy as this sounds, several fraternities in recent years have been throwing parties that celebrate and promote racial stereotypes. The most recent incident took place in January of this year at Arizona State University. (This annotation contains a link)
Why do you think so many people stood up to participate in this share out? 
You can follow this link to see the concept trailer for Dear White People. This came out in 2012, but it took a while to get the film completed.  (This annotation contains a video)
In addition to revealing Simien's strategic thinking about the film, what does this detail tell us about his broader message? 
Simien's film, like Perry's, uses humor. How do you think Simien's brand of humor differs from Perry's?  
Tyler Perry's movies are extremely popular. His Madea character is so popular that it has spawned many comedy films.  (This annotation contains a video)
Do you think this film, or films like it, can help open up a dialogue about racism?  Explain why or why not.