Black Like Me and Crash Essay

965 Words Feb 14th, 2014 4 Pages
Black Like Me and Crash In 1959 John Howard Griffin, the author of the book Black Like Me, disguised himself as an African American and decided to go live out in society to see what it would be like to be a black man. The book Black Like Me is his documentation of that experience. His story spread around the world and he got a lot of praise from people around the world, but he also got a good amount if hate from the white power groups who were quite prevalent at the time. Now, much time has passed and many people say the days of racism are over. That is a completely untrue statement. The movie Crash depicts modern day racism and shows how prevalent it really is in today’s society. Both of these works can relate to one another in many …show more content…
This movie depicts how racism is still very alive and prevalent even in today’s society. The racism today isn’t as blatant like the segregation we had back in the times of Black Like Me but, rather it is more stereotypes and deeply held beliefs about certain races. Although stereotypes are bad, they do have some truth in them, and Crash shows that very well. One stereotype in the movie is when the Persian man tries to buy a gun but the store owner wouldn’t sell him one because he said he was a terrorist and he was going to shoot people with it. The Persian man did try to shoot somebody with it but failed. Another stereotype that was in the movie was that black people would rob you. This just seems completely ridiculous but two of the black characters in the movie did rob people and steal cars for a living. Stereotypes are mostly untrue, but they all had to come from somewhere. These two works show how racism really is and used to be. We have came a long way from the times when Black Like Me was written, but still have a long way to go. Crash shows modern day racism and how very much alive it still is. These two works combined really expose how racism really is. One day we will hopefully get rid of racism as a whole but we need the cooperation of every human being in the world to do that. After all, we are all human and humans are made to love each

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