Document Type



Bachelor of Arts in English


Margaret Case, Ph.D.


Director John Lee Hancock’s 2009 hit film The Blind Side features the story of a young black man named Michael Oher. Michael has been a victim of poverty and has never had a steady home until one day, the wealthy and white Tuhoy family welcomes Michael into not only their home, but also their hearts. Some viewers claim that this film is racist, arguing that the whites are portrayed as saviors who hold racist assumptions. However, a close analysis of the film will reveal just how complex the issue of race truly is in The Blind Side. Furthermore, this ideological analysis will reveal three dominant ideologies and complexities -- classism, family values, and white privilege -- all of which the film uses to attempt to combat racism.