Black SplatThe Color of Courage (TV 1998)

"Get out of the way, honey, let the nigger pass."

The Color of Courage - The McGhee family

Description: The polite but cruel remark of a white woman who instructs her white child to step aside while Minnie McGhee (Lynn Whitfield) walks toward them in the made for TV movie The Color of Courage (1999).

The film is based on the landmark Supreme Court case of Sipes vs. McGhee argued by Thurgood Marshall about a 1940s black family who move into an all-white neighborhood and then are told by the neighborhood association that they are not wanted there because "their" presence violates an exclusionary "restrictive covenant."

The McGhees are befriended by Mrs. Anna Sipes, (Linda Hamilton) their white next-door neighbor who takes up the Sipes family struggles as they suffer discrimination at the hands of the rest of the community.

Later, when Benjamin Sipes (Bruce Greenwood) denounces the racist claims of the Neighborhood Association, one of the members call him a “Nigger lover.”

In retaliation, Benjamin punches the man in the face and says, “Get you sorry ass out of here” then declares, “I am not going to follow them, they're plain wrong.”

Note: In the motion picture Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), the harsh yet protective words of Jewish mother Kate (Blythe Danner) objected to her sister Blanche’s (Judith Ivey) Irish suitor, Andrew (Alan Weeks) says, “Stay on your side of the street; that’s what they have gutters for.”

In the film Scarface (1932) C. Henry Gordon as police inspector Guarino insults mobster Tony Camonte (Paul Muni), saying, “Someday you’re going to fall down in the gutter—right where the horses have been standing—right where you belong.”

And, in the film Footlight Parade (1933) Joan Blondell as Nan Prescott says to golddigger Vivian Rich (Claire Dodd), “As long as they have sidewalks, you’ve got a job.”

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