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The Movie Crash and it's many stereotypes

Updated on September 22, 2012


In the movie Crash, it shows how prejudice and racist people can be. In comparison to how society is now, I’d say it’s mostly true. You see people every day stereotyping, when others live in one. This movie does a great job showing how people in our society, whether it be a civilian or a police officer, act towards people different from us, even though most people don’t show it quite to that extent.

Crash demonstrates perfectly a “rippling” effect your actions have on the society around you, and how you should be aware of the consequences of the decisions you make. For example, the Persians store got broken into and was completely trashed with graffiti all over the walls calling them Arabs, and their products thrown all over the building. The Persian store owner thinks it’s the locksmith who did it, so he takes his newly bought gun with him to the locksmith’s house with intentions of killing him at his home. As he pulls the trigger to fire upon the locksmith, the locksmith’s daughter jumps into his arms in attempts of saving her father from the bullet, making the Persian believe he’s just shot a little girl. Now, no one dies, making everyone think a miracle occurred from the little girls selfless actions, when in reality, the Persians daughter earlier in the movie bought blanks, knowing her father might do something wrong with it. Thus proving a rippling affect that, in this case, had a good outcome. Although the outcome can sometimes, if not most of the time, be a bad one.

The police in this movie are portrayed as corrupt cops. Even though we have a lot of good policeman, we still have some bad apples in the police department. One example from the movie is the main police officer lives to bust drug dealers and bring down criminals, when his own mother is a drug addict, which he does nothing about. The LAPD is viewed as a trigger happy organization with all intentions of shooting everything they can. This relates to how the police are killing innocent people in real life because they don’t take proper steps in determining their threat level. They just shoot first and ask questions later. Even the DA in this movie lies to protect a police officer from getting into serious trouble. The veteran white cop pulls over a black couple and then sexually assaults the married black woman on the side of the road while searching her. Later in the movie, she gets into a wreck and just so happens that it’s the same cop who is trying to help out. She screams for him to leave her alone but he still stays and he saves her life. That part of the movie made me want to cry, because even though what he did to her was extremely horrifying, he still helped her. In society now, there are cops you hear about all the time on the news for raping and molesting people, and it’s absolutely frightening. No wonder people run from the police, you don’t know if you’re going to be lucky and get a decent police officer, or if it’s going to be one that want’s to dehumanize you.

There are many so many stereotypes shown in this movie, such as “a Mexican who has no idea how to drive”, or “no one wants to sell a gun to an Arab” Both of these examples are specifically aimed at a particular race. People automatically assume that since he’s Mexican, he’s probably not legal, and most likely can’t drive. Also since a man looks Arab, he’s probably a Muslim extremist and will use his new gun to commit acts of terror. Which most likely isn’t the case, but it’s how the human brain thinks. I’d say it’s mostly because of the media and things you see on TV and the magazines, and movies like this one. Ludacris’s character believes the “white man” is out to get him. He also thinks that because he is black, every white man thinks he’s going to rob them, or try to sell them drugs. Even though later in the movie he actually robs people, creating and maintaining his stereotype he hates so much. He even states that “They put huge windows on the city busses so the white man can see the black man riding the bus.” Also, the white cop gives Ludacris’s friend a ride, which is black. The black man sees a figurine on the cops’ dashboard and realizes it’s the same one he has in his pocket. While he’s trying to retrieve it from his pocket to show the cop, the cop shoots him right away, thinking he’s going to get shot by the black man. In turn, he leaves the man’s body on the side of a ditch and to never speak of it. And turns out, the dead guy was a cop’s brother.

How I feel about this movie, is good and bad. I feel they did a very good job showing how vulnerable yet strong people can be in hard times. It also shows how people can be weak and selfish. It’s a little hard for me to enjoy the movie, when this is a real problem in our society today. We have people like the ones in this movie whether they are open about it or not. You can’t escape racism and prejudice, no matter where you go, whether it’s you, a neighbor, a judge, a cop, boss, or a friend. I don’t believe we will rid the world of this, but if we could it sure would be a better place to live.


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    • fpherj48 profile image


      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tonya......A very good hub on an excellent movie. I watched "Crash" a few years ago, while visiting my son & family in Georgia. I had no forewarning of the movie's story and really did not know what to expect.

      From the start of this incredibly moving film, to the very end, I was riveted.....holding my breath and dealing with such strong emotions, I may as well have been right the scene I was watching.

      You have done a good job of bringing out the intent and the lessons in Crash.......A most powerful story, indeed. ........UP+++


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