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Paul Haggis’ movie Crash is all about different kinds of social and multicultural differences we observe. We look through a three-category lens made up of race, class, and gender. All of which play roles in stereotypes and assumptions we make about others. The film deals especially with America as it continues to grow as a multicultural society and also explores how racial intolerance and prejudice are collective problems for all of the United States. In the first scene of the movie we observe a Muslim man inside of a firearm store trying to purchase a pistol. The storeowner is a white Caucasian male that refuses to sell the man a firearm. He has a negative attitude toward the customer simply because of his Muslim background. The owner automatically assumed the man was somehow associated with the Al Qaeda terrorist group, a group that is responsible for thousands of American deaths. The stereotype of all Muslims being associated with terrorist groups observed in this scene is one of the many examples of

The movie Crash, created by Paul Haggis, incorporates the many struggles faced by today's racial stereotypes, into a collage of various interconnected, cultural dilemmas encountered by the film's multi-ethnic cast. Most people are born with good hearts, but as they grow up they learn prejudices. “Crash” is a movie that brings out bigotry and racial stereotypes. The movie is set in Los Angeles, a city with a cultural mix of every nationality. The story begins when several people are involved in a multi-car accident. Several stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters, a police detective with a drugged out mother and a mischief younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, the white district attorney and his wife, a racist cop and his younger partner, a successful Hollywood director and his wife, a Persian immigrant father, a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter....
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