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Matt Heelan February 26, 2007 Crash Essay Crashing into Racism When you think of the word crash what do you think of? Is it the car crash you got in the other day or is it the movie that came out in 2004? The definition of the word crash is one to make a loud, clattering noise, as of something dashed to pieces or (of moving vehicles, objects, etc.) to collide, esp. violently and noisily. Since the movie crash in 2004 the definition has been redefined. The definition today can mean anything from a car crash or a crash symbol on a drum set. The movie crash gives the word a new meaning. Throughout the movie we notice that one car crash can redefine peoples’ entire perspective of life. It can turn someone into a new person, free of racial views. One thing that this movie makes you realize is that we are all racist a little bit some way or another. This movie shows that even though the public would never show it or admit it everyone has a little bug or part of them that is racist but, some people just show it more than others. One character who really stands out and changes throughout the film is Jean Cabot played by Sandra Bullock. She is Rick Cabot’s wife who is the district attorney of Los Angeles. In the beginning of the film Rick and Jean get their Black Lincoln Navigator stolen at gun point. At the time she wasn’t that racist but soon after that scene she responds to what just happened to her husband. In the scene they are at their house and a locksmith is changing the locks and Jean is talking to her husband saying, “I want the locks changed again in the morning.” After she says this her husband responds in surprise saying, “You what? Look, why don't you just go lie down, huh? Have you checked on James?” She continues on and blows up and tells her husband not to treat her like a child and not to patronize her. Finally she gets back on to the locks and says, “I
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would like the locks changed again in the morning. And you know what; you might mention that next time we'd appreciate it if they didn't send a gang member.” She then got interrupted by her
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2009 for the course ENG 110/120 taught by Professor Brewer during the Spring '08 term at Santa Barbara City.

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