Movie Crash Analysis

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The movie Crash reinforces stereotypes by containing ethnic slurs and racial prejudices that consistently emphasizes the social class differences among the characters in the movie. The movie powerfully fortifies stereotypes and assumptions people hear about different ethnicities through the characters actions and words throughout the movie. The purpose of the movie is its ability to catch the audience’s attention and really look into our loathsome reality of humanity, which is filled with segregation among social classes, racism, and stereotyping. I believe the title Crash is compelling and vigorous because it’s the coming together or the “crash” of different ethnicities and their problematic altercations the characters have with one another…show more content…
For example, Farhad, and Iranian store owner, was orally insulted when buying an item at a store. The white cashier commented on Farhad’s broken English, as a result, Farhad lashed out saying, “I’m an American citizen”. The cashier also made a provocative racist slur calling Farhad “Osama”. This not only angered Farhad, but emotionally upset him to an extent. Although Farhad fell a victim of racial prejudices, he to made assumptions about other ethnicities and their stereotypes. Daniel, a Spanish locksmith, tried to repair Farhad’s lock in his store. Unfortunately, the lock wasn’t broken; Farhad needed to replace the broken door. When Farhad was informed of the broken door, he grew agitated and aggressively shouted at Daniel calling him a Mexican gang banger. These two examples show how people make negative assumptions based on ethnic and racial backgrounds and displays how racial prejudices is reinforced throughout the movie through derogatory…show more content…
First, Officer John Ryan reinforced racial stereotypes multiple times. For example, Officer John Ryan calls a health maintenance organization for his father’s illness, which he asked to speak to a supervisor when he was not pleased with the service. The representative responded, “I am my supervisor”. Officer Ryan continued to speak aggressively with the representative asking her name. The representative responded, “Shaniqua Johnson”. In a resentful way Officer Ryan responded, “Big fucking surprise that is”. Officer John Ryan assumed he was not receiving the services he pertained because the representative was incompetent and inefficient because of her race. His comment was not a direct racial comment but it was implied. Secondly, Officer John Ryan and his partner Officer Tommy Hansen, pulled over a young African American couple who was performing sexual conduct in public. Cameron and Christine, the African American couple, were asked to step out of the car and Cameron was asked to perform a sobriety test. Officer Ryan was persistent to find something illegal, other than the sexual conduct, with this couple. Officer Ryan then touched Christine inappropriately violating her rights as a citizen. Officer Ryan took his privilege as a cop and allowed his prejudice view of African Americans to interfere and treat this couple
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