Crash Response Paper

Crash Response Paper - Hoerth 1 Vince Hoerth Crash Response...

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Hoerth 1 Vince Hoerth Crash Response May 29, 2007 Breaking Down Barriers from Both Sides: Crash For years, different racial groups have been oppressed, judged, and treated unfairly due to nothing more than their original home or skin color. Race is obviously the largest theme in the 2004 film Crash , as no individual race is left unscathed or un-mocked. Written and directed by Paul Haggis, the film attempts to cause the audience to reach the conclusion that they do not know themselves or others as well as they think. While some people feel the film only further carries on or enforces stereotypes which already exist in our society, it is certainly more of an explanation of why none is correct because a person’s circumstances can cause him or her to act differently than expected. The film Crash is a great example of that as characters are seen changing shoes and roles throughout the progression of the film as a result of their changing environments. It also demonstrates the idea that many people think they are profiled by others while they are simultaneously profiling others constantly. In one of the opening scenes in the movie, Anthony (played by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) and Peter (played by Larenz Tate) are leaving a restaurant as Anthony voices his obvious displeasure regarding the slow service he received as he dined. Each of the two men was African-American and dressed in nice clothing. His main point of the tirade on the restaurant was that he was denied quick service due to his skin color. Peter suggests that the slow service is in relation to the stereotype that black people never leave tips. Angered by his friends acceptance of a stereotype about their own race, Anthony shoots back that he would have tipped if the service was worthwhile.
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Hoerth 2 This argument represents a paradox which takes place throughout the film; as long as each side sticks to their beliefs and stereotypes, no progress can be made. Furthermore, progress can only be reached when each side of the conflict realizes the true issue—not that they must categorize other races, but instead that someone has to take the first step toward trying to make a change. In that scenario, if Anthony and Peter decided to take that step, they would have left a
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