The film Crash follows eight groups of people and their interactions with each other in the city of Los Angeles. From car crashes to running into people around the city, the characters experience different kinds of crashes over the course of thirty-six hours. When the main characters are first introduced racial stereotypes are thrown every which way; someone is afraid to sell a Middle Eastern man a weapon, a woman moves closer to her husband when she sees a pair of African American men walking her way, an African American couple apologizes to two white policemen even though they have done nothing wrong, a Mexican locksmith is accused of being a gangbager just because of his looks. At each of these instances, almost every person in some
“I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something,” (Graham, Crash 2004). Is part of the quote said in the opening scene to the movie Crash released in 2004. The movie deals with many social topics that were big at that moment in time and still are thirteen years later in 2017. Three of the main topics are racism, prejudice, and stereotypes.
Finding Forrester: A Cultural Synopsis Finding Forrester tells the story of Jamal Wallace, an African American high school student living in the Bronx and attending a low-income high school. He meets an extraordinary but extremely antisocial writer who helps him to learn life lessons. There are many cultural references in Finding Forrester, including cultural shock, cultural norms, social hierarchy, and counterculture.
Finding Forrester is a movie directed by Gus van Sant and produced by Sean Connery in the year 2000. The movie is about an old man who is lonely writer and a young boy (Jamal) whose main passions are writing and literature. Jamal met William Forrester and they little by little became friends. At the same time, Jamal is helping Forrester to face his internal fighting while Forrester helps Jamal to become an excellent writer. The plot develops some topics such as racism, solitude, friendship, etc. One of the biggest issues that called my attention is the presence of racism in the movie. Even though that presence did not surprise me, it was for me very obvious and very representative of the “American” society. For that reason, I am going to comment about the appearance of racism in the movie Finding Forrester.
Although blatant acts of racism have diminished since the 1900’s, acts of casual racism are currently predominant in America. In the film, Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, Peele claims that acts of casual racism are aimed at ethnic minorities. Peele begins to build his credibility by addressing issues of casual racism in the text, targeting the White liberals as his audience, using constraints to encourage empathy for his characters, and by being influenced to create Get Out from the controversial issue of America being a “post-racial” society.
Casual Racism, An Aspect Of Society: Rhetorical Strategies In Get Out Although blatant acts of racism have diminished since the 1900’s, acts of casual racism are now predominant in America. In the film, Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, Peele claims that acts of casual racism are aimed at ethnic minorities. Peele begins to build his credibility by addressing issues of casual racism in the text, targeting the White liberals as his audience, using constraints to encourage empathy for his character Chris, and by covering the controversial issue of America being a “post-racial” society as the exigence in Get Out. Peele, a comedy writer, actor, and ethnic minority, has been praised for his portrayal on his hit comedy show
Systemic Racism The United Nations on December 10, 1948, created the International Declaration of Human Rights. These rights are synonymous to that of the rights listed in the United States Bill of Rights. The human rights concept is a broad spectrum in which we all take a part of and enjoy, but the more obscure issue is the systemic racism implanted in our fellow citizens.
Gran Torino is a captivating film which shows a great deal racial prejudice and how one can overcome racism through communication. This film strings together racial and ethnic portraits in many scenes which highlight many important issues in today’s society. There are some movies today that use these racial stereotypes but they do them without reason. This film uses it to bring light to a minority of people living in the U.S. that do not get much attention. The movie is largely about Walt’s relationship with his Hmong neighbors in which he goes from being openly hostile to a more understanding position in the end.
In the article, “A Million Dollar Exit From the Anarchic Slum-World: Slumdog Millionaire’s Hollow Idioms of Social Justice”, Mitu Sengupta responds to how the slums and its citizens are presented in the film Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle. Sengupta describes the slums as run-down and then goes on to specifically address the poverty that exists in India. When writing about the portrayal of the slums, Sengupta states, “Slumdog depicts the ‘slum’ as a feral wasteland, a place of evil and decay that is devoid of order, productivity and compassion”(599). Sengupta uses imagery to illustrate to viewers the unsanitary conditions that the people of Mumbai experience on a daily basis. Viewers can picture the tattered slums and the surrounding streets
Why should the color of someone’s skin effect a crime that was committed? In the vignette of “Twelve Angry Men” the author, Reginald Rose addresses racism. According to act three on page 27 the Jurors are coming to a vote on whether or not the boy was guilty or not. The boy claimed that he wasn’t guilty of committing a premeditated murder but Juror number ten said otherwise. The evidence that is shown to prove this point is when all the jurors are all at the table and they all go to the window and turn their backs towards juror number ten, specifically juror numbers three and four. This happened while the vote was nine to three, nine voted innocent and three voted guilty. Three and four turned their backs towards number ten because they disagreed on why they thought the boy was guilty.
Many instances of social psychology such as stereotyping and defensive attribution are found in the film Crash. To reiterate social psychology is the study of how someone's perspective and feelings towards something affect their behavior and treatment of that person or thing. It is what shapes our lives and how society interacts and goes on about life with each other. Lastly, the movie depicts and focuses on the negative aspects of social psychology making an exaggeration of what society is really like; though society is much less than that it is still not