“Open Letter to Black People in Horror Movies,” an Examination of Art Versus Reality

In the slam poem “Open Letter to Black People in Horror Movies,” Omar Holmon and Anthony Ragler take on horror movies.

Holmon and Ragler initially start off “Open Letter to Black People in Horror Movies” by making jokes about horror movies. The content of the slam poem, however, quickly takes a turn for the serious when the two start comparing the horrors of the big screen to the horrors of reality. The two, more specifically, discuss how, as Black men, they already live in a horror-filled minefield full of racial profiling, stop-and-frisk, gentrification, police brutality, racism and White privilege so the horrors of the big screen mean nothing to them. And Holmon and Ragler also note that just like how art often imitates reality and reality imitates art, that the Black men and women who exist in reality are murdered just like their counterparts in horror films.

If you don’t get chills by the end of this video, then you might need to see a therapist because something is definitely wrong with your emotional response system. Seriously. You need to get that checked out.

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