Justice in movie Crash Essay examples

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Justice in movie Crash

In the movie Crash, directed by Paul Haggis, John Stuart Mill's theories on Social Justice and Utility are depicted within the context of the 20th century. Haggis' representation of a multicultural society is one built on racism and inequality, which limits the social justice people can acquire. In this film prejudice and stereotyping are prevalent when discussing legal rights and moral rights. The social situation has profound impacts on the choices people make. This society's foundation is based on injustice, although in the end, justice is served through the concept of `justice of desert'.

Social Justice prevails in society where legal laws are practiced and respected. It is considered unjust to:
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In modern society it is a fundamental right not to be discriminated against based on race, ethnicity and gender. This situation deprived the storeowner of his personal liberty subjecting him to social injustice. The storeowner has not forfeited his legal rights by giving them up freely; he has been unjustly deprived of them.

Further, the storeowner has been robbed of his moral rights also. A moral right is something that goes beyond the law. If the law does not encompass someone's legal interests, it is considered a moral right. Any owner of a store has the ability to withhold a transaction based on their personal discretion. However, the transaction is only withheld because of his race this is an obvious intrusion of his moral rights.

Another example of someone's legal and moral rights being withheld deliberately based on race is Daniel's (Michael Pena) daily life. Daniel, who comes from an ethnic background, works overtime as a locksmith so his daughter and wife can live in a neighbourhood without guns and the sounds of bullets. Consistently throughout the movie we see his legal rights and moral rights considered invalid because of his race.

In Daniel's first appearance, he is fixing someone's lock. He quietly works away, while the wife of the house criticizes him. Yelling to her husband, that he is a gang member and that he is going to go and sell their keys to his `gang banger' friends
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