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Racial And Social Stereotypes In The Movie Crash

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Racism, prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination, these are just a few of the topics that the movie Crash touches on. This film was well written and shows an honest depiction of the racial and social tensions that we face every day. However, the film shows us that no matter who you are, we all have some type of stereotype ingrained into us and it is not one group of people that believe in the stereotypes of others.
In the first ten minutes of the film we see a Persian man trying to buy a gun and the sales clerk, who was white, becoming impatient and refers to the man as “Osama.” This shows that the sale clerk believes that all Middle-Eastern looking people come specifically from Arab. I was shocked that the clerk even let Farhad buy a gun.
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This film was made in 2004, but all the scenes with the police showed us all the problems we are having with cops today. John Ryan pulled over the couple because he saw the wife giving her husband fellatio while he was driving. When they got pulled over Cameron was very cooperative, but Christine was getting very mouthy with John which caused him to get aggressive with them. This scene made me think about all the problems we are facing in America with cops killing innocent unarmed black people. John then begins to pat the couple down and manually molesting Christine. This sadden me that a police officer would use his power against her. It makes me even sadder that he got away with it. Christine was going to report the officer and she had every right to do that. No officer who abuse his/her power like that. However, this scene perfectly depicted everything that is going on with the Black Life’s Matter movement. I personally do believe and support the Black Life’s Matter movement. However, I believe that the Black Life’s Matter movement is now creating this stereotype that all police officers are bad. Police officers are supposed to protect us, but with all the killings people are now feeling more unsafe anytime they are pulled over. Later in the film when Christine is in an accident and her car is upside down, it is John who has come to recuse…show more content…
This shows us that we are not born with prejudice and stereotypes, it is taught to us. When you think about how it is taught to us you may think it might be the parents, but it could also be the teachers. It is our duty to teach our students that we need to respect everyone, and no matter what skin color they are, we are all the same. This would actually be a great film to show high schoolers and have a discussion on. However, as an elementary school teacher I believe that this film would be very inappropriate to show children, but if we wanted to talk about stereotypes and prejudice maybe we could find some books that talk about it discretely. Like I said, we are not born with prejudice and stereotypes, they are learned. We can also teach our students that we do not need to think this way about others. Overall, this was an excellent film with a lot of teachable
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