Crash Into Intolerance

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November 2008
Crash into Tolerance
On the eve of the election where the first black American has won the nomination for the presidency of the United States of America, one must reflect that this country has come a long way since its conception. The old idea that the color of a person’s skin makes one person less valuable than another person has been challenged and conquered. Color does not clarify anyone’s character nor does it explain what kind of behavior they may display. A stranger should not determine the value of another individual based on the color of his skin but people do this with vast consequences to both parties everyday. Paul Haggis gives us a severely overstated example of stereotyping and labeling races in his 2005 movie Crash. Although the movie is an extreme example, it is an accurate depiction of the harm that happens when racism occurs. A renowned movie critic, Robert Ebert, wrote a review about the movie. He includes “The movie presumes that most people feel prejudice and resentment against members of other groups, and observes the consequences of those feeling” (par. 3). Crash opens to a dreary evening and the scene of an automobile accident; two women who are involved in the accident argue in the street and make stereotypical remarks about each other’s ethnicity. What is portrayed in the opening scene is an example of Ebert’s statement because of the reaction rendered by the Hispanic woman when confronted with the intolerant attitude of the Chinese woman. The argument is laced with racial intolerance and only serves to escalate the situation to a higher emotional level that definitely does not solve any problems. They feel justified and the presumptiveness of each woman completes the circle of injustices. Again and again the movie labels each character with racial stereotypes. Although this is the extremely overstated theme it does accurately describe what happens when racism occurs. Judging someone...
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