Crash the Movie
In this fascinating movie we could see from different point of views from different races and backgrounds. A handful of dissimilar people’s lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that happening in the city. The Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism. There are two black carjackers that use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse.
The two partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious. The black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn’t support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop. A Persian store owner, who feels he isn’t getting satisfaction from American society when his store is robbed time and time again.
Finally the Hispanic locksmith, who just wants to keep his family, especially his adolescent daughter, safe in a seemingly unsafe world, We as a society have gotten so emotionally complicated that we have developed a prevalent selfishness and apathy towards understanding others. It is easier to label someone a gang-banger, because it degraded them. Snap judgments are often made because we have it all figured out. Everyone is lumped into their respective categories and we accept it because things are uncomplicated when everything is in a neat little package. Rather than taking the time to move past initial stereotypes and preconceived concepts, we often get it completely wrong. When Sandra Bullock, first saw the Mexican locksmith, she made a snap judgment. “He is a gang-banger because of his shaved head, prison tattoos and his pants around his ass.”
She determined that he was going to sell her house keys to one of his “homeys.” Contrary to her analysis, he was a soft-spoken, sensitive family man. Bullock’s discrimination at the beginning of the film could be interpreted as blatant but somewhat covert. She didn’t anticipate that he would hear her comments and if she had, I assume she would have expressed herself in private to avoid the awkward social situation when he left. Regardless, it was wrong and hurtful. The Persian shopkeeper cast a similar first impression based solely on existing stereotypes. He made the false assumption that the Mexican locksmith was a member of some elaborate scheme to rip him off. The shopkeeper’s brazen ignorance and inability to listen prevented him from hearing valuable information. If he had listened, he would have gotten a new door and thus prevented the vandalism.
Neither Bullock nor the shopkeeper took the time to familiarize themselves with him and move past their own prejudices. To them, he was just passing by temporarily to fix the glitch of inconvenience that was disrupting their lives. Until we as a society can take the time to understand the roots of discrimination and take a good look at our own thought patterns, we’ll never move forward. Films like Crash are forcing us to look outside are own lives and fears, to realize that we’re more alike than we think. That’s what makes us human. The movie is able to pass its intended message to the viewers by the use of almost all the races that live in the US. Unlike other movies, which focus on the relationship between two or three races, Crash takes into account the diversity that is prevalent in the US. All the characters give their best to deliver their messages. All the characters in the movie are able to portray what is expected of them.