Stereotypes and Diversity in the Movie, Crash Essay

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Stereotyping is a major issue in the world today, however, mostly in the United States. It is known as fixed impressions, exaggerated or preconceived ideas about particular social groups, usually based solely on physical appearance (The New York Company). Crash is a great example because it shows others stereotyping individuals in many ways. According to Schingel, it is the perfect analogy of how we as a human race deal with life, people and our own experiences. The movie, released in 2005, shows each character's point of view, rather it be from an African-American, Caucasian, or a Latino. It follows each character throughout the movie to show how they live their daily lives.

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There was another example with the Mexican locksmith that had stereotyping involved. For example, the Persian store owner was frightened that the Mexican was trying to rip him off, however just like Bullock's assumption, he was incorrect. The locksmith was actually trying to tell him some important information, but he did not pay attention. For not listening, his store was broken into and he lost a large amount of money. They could not get past his race to actually get to know him and to realize that he was right. It is as if they do not recognize the other cultures going on around them.

According to Schingel, judgments are so easy to make. Each one is judged by their own categories. Instead of looking past their race, individuals' criticise each other and most of the time, they are completely wrong. For example, Cameron, an actor and a Buddhist, was pulled over for "driving while black". Instead of the white LAPD letting him go, Cameron had to get out of the car and take a drinking test, even though he had not been drinking. He apologizes to the LAPD while the officer is feeling all over his wife. Christine, Cameron�s wife, gets very upset with Cameron because she claims that the officer took his dignity away. When it comes to race, it seems as if black individuals have to act like whites to get the same privileges. If he wanted to be successful, he needed to act like a white man. With that came two major

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