In American Violet, how is oppression demonstrated?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Oppression is evident in this Tim Disney film in a couple of ways. The first is that Dee Roberts is placed in the position she is in because of social and racial oppression.  If Roberts had been economically well off and not so economically oppressed by the harsh realities of capitalism, there is a very good chance she would have been spared the ordeal she had to endure.  

The raid on the public housing building in which she lived as well as the fact that she was arrested on such scant evidence is a reflection of the socio-economic spheres of oppression and marginalization that are against her.  At the same time, the legal system pressure to take a deal that is not in the interest of justice, but rather in the interest of obtaining a conviction, is another example of oppression.  

Dee is pressured to "take the deal" by the authorities because they wish to "look tough" on crime and to use her as a means to do so.  The District Attorney is shown to be an extension of this force of legal coercion and oppression since he is not really concerned with the truth or with how Dee is not guilty of that with which she is charged.  Through these instances, one can see how oppression is demonstrated in the film.

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