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references to the film's meaning.
The dreams of the couple were of a world where people could fall in love and be together no matter their ethnicity or racial background. In fact there has been a great deal of progress in America (the Lecture Notes assert that "…things have changed for the better" since the film came out). Also, the Lecture Notes hit the nail on the head when pointing out that "…underlying tensions that still persist"; however, those tensions do not -- contrary to the Notes -- remain "hushed away within the national dialogue." In fact the not so subtle racist tones and themes that are alive and well in the Obama era -- he was born in Kenya; he is a Muslim; his birth certificate is phony; he is a socialist; he wants to take away gun owners' rights, etc. -- clearly show the alert observer that there are still major hurdles to get over before there is a sense of acceptance, tolerance, and welcoming for persons of color in America. Why would Tea Party members show up at town hall meetings focusing on healthcare carrying rifles, and signs that depict the president of the United States as Hitler? It is racism, clear and simple.
Dir. Spike Lee. Jungle Fever. Universal Pictures, 1991.