Racial Discrimination In The Movie Crash

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The movie “Crash” tells interlocking stories of various races and the experiences of racism based on their position within American society. Essentially crashing together in this movie are issues concerning beliefs of pre-conceived judgments, stereotypes, gender roles, and racial discrimination. Running rampant throughout the movie are examples of these negative beliefs depicted in the typical day in the life of a Los Angeles citizen. While the film does exhibit the experiences of various groups of people, we must come to the realization that this movie is intended to reach a white audience. Even though the movie does portray white characters in a negative light by demonstrating acts of racism: these acts are overshadowed by constant justification …show more content…
Even so, the couple is pulled over by a racist police officer named John Ryan. The officer then proceeds to tell the black film director to get out of the car without any justifiable reason. Cameron’s wife is with him and she begins yelling at the cop after he forces Cameron to take a drinking test. The police officer responds to Cameron’s wife and forces her to get out of the car. He pats them both down, but in the process he begins molesting her in front of her husband. Cameron is put into a tough position here; he can not fight the officer because he would be accused of assaulting a cop. Also, he must take into account the social standing of himself and a white police officer. The husband being black holds less authority in the situation because the officer could skew the situation. At it simplest, it comes down to who is more believable in this situation. It is obvious that Cameron and his wife realize that their color is society play into negative implications on whether or not they will be believed. This scene displays how Carmon, a black man, must take into consideration his race and the resulting position he has within an American society when confronted by police officers due to beliefs regarding black …show more content…
The relationship Ryan has with his father is one example of how the movie attempts to justify acts of racism. The audience is continuous bombarded with images of Ryan’s father dealing with a sickness. The viewer in introduced to the idea of feeling sympathy for Ryan’s struggle with helping his dying father. These scenes suggest that racism can be justified by the fact that Ryan is upset due to a lack of help for his struggling father. Likewise, Ryan is again vindicated when he ends up saving the women he molested. This scene depicts Ryan as a hero after he dramatically and nearly fatally saved the women from the burning car. Personally, this scene proved to be quite a predicament. On one hand, it appears that this act of heroism proves that the cop is not all bad, but on the other hand, the life he gives her at his own risk cannot be a vindication of racism and sexual assault. Yet this narrative, the movie is casting him as a hero, and consequently forcing the audience to view him in a positive light. Creating the setting for which his action of racism and sexual assault are forgiven by the

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