Crash: Race and Somewhat Realistic Representation

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Crash is a film unlike most other films. It takes a group of people, less than 15 main characters, and actually presents a somewhat realistic representation of race relationships. The movie Crash is chock full of sociological concepts, examining issues of race, social class, and gender, as well as many others. Crash is one of those movies that make us rethink even what we think we know about the world we live in. All of the ethnic groups are striving for one thing, to over come their fears as they crisscross in and out of other people’s lives.

Throughout this movie, we discover what the characters in this movie think about each other. The best example of this in the movie might be when Jean Cabot grips her purse when passing by Anthony (Ludacris) and Peter on the street. She believes black people to be a threat. Before this event happens, Anthony was talking to Peter about how white people are always scared of black people when instead black they should be scared of the white people, being the only town in that part of town. Another example would be our expectations of Arabs to be violent terrorists. Farhad is not even Arab. Technically, he is Persian, but what the shop owner expects from him, he eventually gets when Farhad "shoots" the little Hispanic girl. Farhad believes the Hispanic man is ripping him off so when his shop is looted, the Hispanic man is blamed although he had nothing to do with the destruction. The characters throughout this movie are always at conclusions about one another based on each others race alone. It is the world around them and how they were brought up that makes them jump to these conclusions.

There are many social issues in the movie Crash, among them stereotyping, racial profiling, and the need to feel emotionally connected to someone. To start off with, stereotyping was perhaps the biggest social problem in the film. It was a huge theme shared by most of the characters in the film. Racial profiling came into view when...
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