Critical Race Theory : Dangerous Minds Essay

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Critical Race Theory: Dangerous Minds
“For the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line,” this was a statement made by W.E.B. Dubois in 1903, and it can be seen in many areas in today’s society with the film industry being amongst them. Many films have gone down the line of troubled youth needing a leader to guide them and in so many of these movies the troubled youth are from ethnic backgrounds. One film that shows the divide of race that is prevalent today is the film Dangerous Minds directed by John N. Smith in 1995. The film is loosely based on the book “My Posse Don’t Do Homework” by ex-Marine Lou Anne Johnson. The film comes off as a feel good, inspirational film that is supposed to encourage students and teachers not to give up when things seem rough in life, but it accomplishes this through false ideology. Analysis of this film through Critical Race Theory will show that pedagogy, the white savior approach, and race are misrepresented and promoted to further enhance white supremacy in the American culture.
Johnson’s character, unqualified and inexperienced, is thrown before a class of urban African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic teens. She emerges as a triumphant hero, who somehow rescues her students from their underprivileged surroundings and also, in a sense, from themselves. However, the way in which she does this is not realistic at all. In the opening scenes Lou Anne Johnson, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, enters into her first year…

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