The Film Crash By Paul Haggis

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There are many social issues that plague our society and many of these problems are closely related to social class and race. Some of these issues include prejudice, individual discrimination, institutional discrimination, relative poverty, absolute poverty, and social class. Much of this is touched upon in Paul Haggis’ 2004 film Crash that even over a decade after its release the social issues brought up in the film still apply. The film Crash depicts many scenes of discrimination that all apply due to race and ethnicity, both on an individual and institutional scale. Individual discrimination is the act of discrimination against minorities or members of a certain race or ethnicity by an individual (Leon-Guerrero, 2014). When discrimination happens on a macro scale it is known as institutional discrimination, according to Leon-Guerrero (2014) “Institutional discrimination is practiced by the government, social institutions, and organizations.” For instance in Haggis’ film the scene where Sandra Bullock’s character is ranting about wanting the locks in her home changed after the young Latino locksmith just changed them, she is discriminating on him assuming he is a criminal and will as she says, “…sell our key to one of his gangbanger friends the moment he is out our door…” she assumes that because he looks like what her perception of a Latino gang member is that he is a criminal (2004). This was an example of individual discrimination, where Sandra Bullock’s character
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