Essay on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Now!

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Now!
Anthony Raphael
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Values and Ethics
HUMN 330
Amanda Schooling
May 01, 2013

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Now!
Spanish philosopher, George Santayana quoted the phrase, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it” (Britannica, 2013, p. 1). Never has that phrase meant as much as it does today in the battle for marriage equality. The norm of a given society usually defines acceptable marriage. When the need arises to change that norm, it takes an opinion-changing event to effect the views of society. In early 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision clearing the way for interracial marriage (Loving v. Virginia, 1967). As ground
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Virginia (1967), couples entering into interracial marriages realized the prejudice and hostility was still in existence. The nation had unwillingly accepted the ruling and needed a way to start an open discussion against the negative stigma of interracial marriage. This chance came on December 12, 1967 when Columbia Pictures Corporation released Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, exactly six months after the court’s decision (Columbia Pictures Corporation, 1967). The movie’s main actors are Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Katharine Houghton (http://www.imdb.com/). Written by William Rose and directed by Stanley Kramer, the film is an attempt to portray the hurdles in the difficult life of an interracial couple, and at the same time, raises the consciousness, individually and collectively, of a society over what is right, and wrong (http://www.imdb.com/). The director Stanley Kramer is nick named the “message film maker” because most of his films reflected social and political concerns that were often controversial (http://www.imdb.com/). The movie takes place in a quiet and respectable town in San Francisco, California where Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), a white female, brings home her black male fiancé, Dr. John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), to meet her liberal and affluent parents. Brought up by parents who taught her to look beyond a person’s race, Joanna, (aka Joey)

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