Crash is a movie released in 2004. The movie deals with racial stereotyping and different incidents with different people. In the plot there is a black detective that is estranged from his mother and has a brother that is a criminal that also has a side kick that he works with. A white couple, the father is an attorney and the wife has a tendency to stereotype people. Two police officers and one of them is a racist and harassed an African American couple, that are in the show business.
As Maycomb is a very judgmental town, Lee introduces the characters to be the opposite of critical and against racism. One example is shown through Atticus when the trial on Tom Robinson takes place. At this time, Atticus is shown to be a philanthropist in the ways of caring for each other equally. When Atticus was on the stand for Tom, he looked at him as an equal and no different because he was black. Although Atticus was presented this way, he was looked at disapprovingly because he was defending a black man and therefore displeasing his fellow peers.
Under this circumstance, this signifies that police officer treats black people with hostility. This hostility act from the police officer towards Oscar Grant reminds me of the former slavery. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass reveals the story of a slave named Demby, who was shot by his master because he was trying to escape from the torture of Mr.Gore (Chapter 4). At this point, Grant is the resemblance of Demby when he was shot. Demby was scared and afraid that he decided not to obey the slave owner because he thought that by giving up his body to the master could get him into a greater torture, thus, he decided to go against his master’s order.
If it was not for Tom Robinson being protected by Atticus, he would have died earlier than he did. One of the main reasons the mop tried to kill him was not only because of how he was accused of raping a white woman, but because he was black. Nevertheless, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was a great book with a very interesting plot and lots of great themes that really improve the plot, consequently, one of them being racism. Racism was seen throughout the book from the trial, or from when the African Americans were treated with the least respect, or when the people tried to kill Tom Robinson before his
Other than the blunt shock factor of murdering a man in front of a crowd to draw the audience in, this scene doesn’t particularly have any realistic or unique qualities. As White states in his review, “The measure of Lynch’s failing can be taken by the triviality and meaninglessness of the pop references throughout Wild at Heart. It’s a postmodern world Lula and Sailor inhabit, all right--decentered and disgustingly fake” (14). This scene, like most others in the film, lacks any realistic aspects of American culture; it relies only on an in-your-face excitement and symbols of pop culture that may grab the viewer’s attention, but ultimately falls short of being meaningful. Sailor’s Elvis-impersonating character and the wistful, over the top passion between him and Lula are not enough to symbolize American culture, as they are intended.
Why would Tom Robinson be labeled as a rapist right away without strong proofs of his innocence? The reason why he is accused of rape and considered guilty is because he is an African-American and that instantly labels him as a criminal or a murderer. The people in Maycomb also labels Atticus Finch as a threat to Maycomb town and they call him a “nigger-lover” just because he is defending Tom Robinson and for being his lawyer on the court. Judging people by just seeing them for the first time without knowing the person is just not the right way to criticize a person. It could also be referred to rating a book by judging its cover without reading the inside of a book.
The Right Thing “Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”-Tony Blair. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch realized this very truth. When someone approached Atticus about defending a black man named Tom Robinson, Atticus had a serious decision to make. MayElla Ewell recently accused Tom of raping her, and Atticus would have to prove otherwise. In this time, white people thought of black people as lower than them and did not treat them fairly.
Harper Lee develops the metaphor of a mockingbird to illustrate how people who defy social norms are critiqued, misconstrued, and discriminated against by others. To begin, Dolphus Raymond is a wealthy white man who has an African American mistress and children of mixed race. He is constantly judged by the townspeople due to the fact that he is constantly in a drunk and prefers to be with the blacks rather than with his own race. During the trial, however, Scout and Dill realize that he actually is drinking Coke and is using it as a cover so the community can justify his actions. His reasoning for this is that "When I come to town… if I weave a little and drink out of this sack, folks can say Dolphus Raymond 's in the clutches of whiskey—that 's why he won 't change his ways.
Atticus Finch is treated poorly for the choices he made because he wanted to help other people. Despite the racism in the town, Atticus defended Tom Robinson, a Black man accused of raping a White women in the segregated south. “She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man.
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.
However, instead of working for this goal, Bob Ewell took the easy way out, and accused a black man of raping his daughter. In doing so, the upper class white citizens of Maycomb would endorse Bob and his case against Tom Robinson. However, even when Bob accomplished his goal of joining the higher social class in Maycomb, he eventually returned to his usual self. A local citizen and daughter of Atticus Finch, Scout Finch, said “He was the only man I have ever heard of that was fired from the WPA for laziness. I suppose his brief burst of fame brought a briefer burst of industry” (248).
Segregation was about race” (600). Although the examples he uses are inarguably about race, they brought forth injustices to the greater public becoming important parts of our American history and growth as a nation. Reflecting on our past mistakes while forgetting our growth is not a valid argument when attempting to prove that diversity is inconvenient. America has endured hard times before and we have been able to persevere through the strength of all its people, including those of color. These examples are frequently used to elicit a response in favor of the author’s point of view without needing solid facts from basing it on history.
It is true that police most of the time target minorities. For example, In Charles Blow’s article he talks about how George Zimmerman did not plead guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, and how unfair the justice system treated Martin’s Family. The first mistake was made when the neighborhood watch calls the police and told them about unusual behavior. When Zimmerman killed Trayvon, he said that the suspect was walking too slow, and it was a very suspicious behavior and he shoots him for the safety, but that was not a case ,it was more like a racial problem. In the Article Blow’s mentions “the system failed him” a lot of times, he expresses how disappointed he is about the choice of the justice system.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a very interesting book and Ms. Waugh should read this because it basically relates to the world now other than in the 1930’s when this book was written. For example, in the book a black man named Tom was accused of raping a white women and of course back then racism still existed and because the whole jury was only filled with white people he was charged guilty. Another reason why Ms. Waugh should read this book because it shows how back than there government was messed up with racism against people who weren’t there color and that is how I believe our government is now but much worse. The narrator which is Scout a girl at age 4 who has a brother named Jeremy or Jem for short at age 6, their father Atticus is a lawyer and their Mother died they were young, and they live in Maycomb, Alabama. The Main focus in the book was the life
It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers” stated that violence as a way of achieving racial justice is wrong; however not using violence is difficult when the people with the power are using violence to get their message across and to prove their point. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr also stated that “the old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind”. Sal’s pizzeria, as opposed to the death of Radio Raheem, could be replaced, unlike the life of Radio Raheem.