Race And Prejudice In Crash By Paul Haggis

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The society that we are living in is the society where racism still exists which take over the people of different races and establishes inequality between groups of individuals based on the color of their skin. The film “Crash”, by Paul Haggis, displays the truth about racism in today’s life, each character has to face the reality of racism both at work and in their daily life. Yet, each one of them at the end learned that hate is not the thing that people can keep forever, they have to let it go in order to be loved again. The differences in race, ethnicity, stereotype, etc. all contributes to the separation of people in the film and as time go by, the significance of love and sympathy are portrayed as one powerful tool that can bring people…show more content…
In “Crash”, many stereotypes were used to describe Asians and African Americans that have the effect of generalizing the whole race of both Asians and African American people, even though it is not always true. First of all, all Asians were portrayed as bad drivers, at the beginning and the end of the film, it began with an accident and ended with an accident caused by Asians who were both females. Also, speaking broken English is another stereotype that was used for Asians when communicating; or most importantly, they are the one who smuggling people across the States in the film. Having broken English while speaking is the common things in Asians people, but smuggling people across the States is not a common thing nowadays but it is still happening. Beside Asians, African American people were portrayed as dressing in hip-hop style and are being seen as gangbanger who carry gun and rob people. For example, Anthony and his friend Peter both…show more content…
After the Sandra and her husband got their car stolen by Anthony and his friend, Sandra started to lose her trust for the African American people and because of that, it greatly affects her trust for the Latino population and this leads to her discrimination actions. Sandra discriminates her housekeeper even though the housekeeper fulfilled her job or the locksmith because she assumes that he is related to gang members, which is a stereotype for the Latino population. Here, Sandra is just a victim of the outside world where it makes her lose her trust to the others around her because of the fear that she will be harmed again. From there, discrimination and racial prejudice are formed within Sandra and it aims toward different groups of race and create hate among people. Furthermore, racial prejudice and discrimination also relate to police brutality in the film. Ryan, a police officer who loses his belief in African American people since his father company went bankrupt, he blames them for not caring for his father but just leave him. Ryan is just another victim like Sandra, but he abuses his power and authority as a police man to harass an African American couples and touch the woman inappropriately while he is on duty. His action doesn’t only emphasize how the inequality that the African American couples receive for having a different skin color, but it also expresses a point
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