The Movie Crash Essay

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Ashley Austin Movie: Crash Diversity Class September 22, 2017 Set in Los Angeles, California and gives us a glimpse at the complex racial makeup of the city, and how race affects the entire dynamic of it all. The movie is intense and fast paced, taking place within a short 36-hour window. The main characters: A White DA and his insecure wife, a Mexican locksmith, a Persian family, a pair of Black car thieves, a rookie cop and his racist partner, a Korean couple, a Black police detective and his Hispanic partner, who also…show more content…
He considers a certain "black" firefighter who had recently performed his job heroically, but someone mentions that the firefighter is Iraqi. The D.A. responds, "He 's Iraqi? Well, he looks black." This scene illustrates clearly that racial categories are created and employed by people, although these categories often say little about a person 's actual cultural or national heritage. In another scene, a detective refers to his lover as Mexican. She responds, "My fathers from Puerto Rico, my mother’s from El Salvador. Neither one of those is Mexico." Racial issues are seen within every scene of Crash. Race as a social construction is illustrated when Detective Waters is bribed by the DA’s office into faking the investigation of a shootout between two officers, one White and one Black. Because it looks better for the DA, Waters agrees to withhold evidence. This is a social construction because due to racial relations, a decision was made in favor of making the DA look better, meaning that it was done to meet the political needs of the society, however arbitrary they are. “ISMS” Race can be related to language, social class, religion, skin color, power, and other social constructs. Sometimes race divides people we would normally put in the same racial category. Sometimes race leads to explicit racism and sometimes it is implicit. The movie allows for

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