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Race, Gender and Class
12-20-12
Crash Stereotypes
The movie Crash is a film that begs audiences to question all the discrimination and all the wrongs that occur and are often unseen by the general public. Crash tells joining stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Asian, Iraqis, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, all defined in one way or another by racism. The plot revolves around the city of Los Angeles, a city surrounded by violence and fear. The issue of racial stereotyping is highlighted in Crash when characters have a false or only partially true understanding of another racial group which leads to discrimination among the characters that are used to represent the various cultures in society. This is what the author, Ronal T. Takaki, was talking about in his book—that because he was of Asian descent he was stereotyped by his looks and not his American background. A lot of the characters in the movie were all put in different stereotypical categories because of their origin and ethnicity. In the movie the characters experienced the development of social barriers. The movie Crash displays the cruel reality that daily occurs in our society, especially in crowded cities, such as Los Angeles, where large numbers of the minority groups live. It shows the black perspective of living in a multicultural community where the differences between people and their race cause tension, racism, and discrimination among the varied ethnic groups. Racism is clearly the main idea and issue showed throughout the movie and Crash clearly shows the prejudiced behavior between ‘African Americans and Caucasians. The film has given me a better understanding of the term ‘white flight.’ ‘White flight,’ occurs when white, or Caucasians, leave an a geographic area as other minorities begin to populate the same area. Caucasians leave out of fear and anxiety of the real or stereotyped problems associated with minorities and immigrants. Any person can tell that in the movie...
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