Stereotypes and Diversity in the Movie, Crash Essay
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Stereotyping is a major issue in the world today, however, mostly in the United States. It is known as fixed impressions, exaggerated or preconceived ideas about particular social groups, usually based solely on physical appearance (The New York Company). Crash is a great example because it shows others stereotyping individuals in many ways. According to Schingel, it is the perfect analogy of how we as a human race deal with life, people and our own experiences. The movie, released in 2005, shows each character's point of view, rather it be from an African-American, Caucasian, or a Latino. It follows each character throughout the movie to show how they live their daily lives.
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There was another example with the Mexican locksmith that had stereotyping involved. For example, the Persian store owner was frightened that the Mexican was trying to rip him off, however just like Bullock's assumption, he was incorrect. The locksmith was actually trying to tell him some important information, but he did not pay attention. For not listening, his store was broken into and he lost a large amount of money. They could not get past his race to actually get to know him and to realize that he was right. It is as if they do not recognize the other cultures going on around them.
According to Schingel, judgments are so easy to make. Each one is judged by their own categories. Instead of looking past their race, individuals' criticise each other and most of the time, they are completely wrong. For example, Cameron, an actor and a Buddhist, was pulled over for "driving while black". Instead of the white LAPD letting him go, Cameron had to get out of the car and take a drinking test, even though he had not been drinking. He apologizes to the LAPD while the officer is feeling all over his wife. Christine, Cameron�s wife, gets very upset with Cameron because she claims that the officer took his dignity away. When it comes to race, it seems as if black individuals have to act like whites to get the same privileges. If he wanted to be successful, he needed to act like a white man. With that came two major
Show MoreWe live with conflicts, which are happening every day in our life. They are quite normal because everybody is so different. However, some conflicts between culture and race can be very serious and aggressive. The movie Crash illustrates several stories of cultural conflicts and racism.
Crash tells several stories involving interrelated characters that happen in 36 hours in Los Angeles. All the characters are racially connected, a black police officer with a mother who is addicted to drug and a brother who loves thieving; a white racist police officer, carries a sick father, who always harass African American people; a Hollywood director and his wife who face the harassment of the racist cop; two car thieves who use their race to take…show more content…
Nevertheless, the differences among cultures cause plenty of conflicts like racism. Those characters in the movie “crash” each other not only because of racism, but also because of the different social class they are in. Most of the characters are in a relatively low class that they are not very wealthy.
Orthodox Marxists (Cox1948; Perlo 1975; Szymanski 1981, 1983), who regard class and class struggle as the central explanatory variables of social life, reduce racism to a legitimating ideology used by the bourgeoisie to divide the working class.
First of all, the two car thieves, who steal the white attorney’s car, are being criminals because they lack the society’s encouragements for people to achieve their dreams. The American society offers everyone a chance to achieve “American Dream”, but the society never tells him or her how to achieve it. The lack of education, because of social class, leads to the failure of the American Dream. As Jean Anyon divided education according to social classes in his article Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work, a good education is not easy to get. The two black car thieves are treated unfairly for a long time and they can’t feel the equality in the society. Therefore, their own values of life are decreasing and their self-contemptuous feeling make them believe other people look down on them. A little action of others’ might make them be aggressive. The fear of the attorney’s wife to the car