a film by Paul Haggis
“moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other”
As you watch the film, think about & answer the following questions.
What was your overall reaction to this movie? What emotions did you find yourself feeling during this film? Why?
It amazes me how people can be so racist. I was angry when the white cop searched the women the way he did. Then the guy that sells guns didn’t want to see the man a gun because of his race. Then the DA’s wife the way she acted I understood she had been through so much but she took it out on everyone and she acted very racist towards the man changing the locks and her own workers in that worked inside her own home.
Why is it important for social workers to see this film?
I think that the movie is important for social workers to watch because sometimes people really don’t understand or get the real world. This movie has so much different types of racism in it. The movie opened my eyes of how life really is for some people and I believe that we need that reminder now and then. This movie is a good learning tool.
Identify the persons or events that illustrate the idea of racism. Which of these, if any, do you think were a result of ignorance versus racist intentions?
The DA’s wife acted racist when she was walking down the road and saw two black men walking down the street and moved away from them because of fear. Then the locksmith that was changing the locks at the house was Mexican and had tattoos and his pants were baggy she assumed that he would get give a copy of the keys to his home boys. I also believe that she was a little racist towards the women that worked for her at her home.
Then the man that owned the store acted in a racist manner because he thought that the locksmith was trying to take advantage of him. Because he said that he replaced the lock but he needed a new door. The man accused him of trying to get more money out of him....
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