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Crash and “Carefully Taught” Response

No matter how hard we try racial stereotypes will always be a part of everyday life. It has become an unfortunate part of our society, especially in today’s climate. Often racially stereotyping a person or group is something we do unconsciously. As depicted in the film Crash and the song “Carefully Taught” we are given an in-depth look at how this unfolds. This response essay will explore the various stereotypical scenarios in the film and the song’s theme. While discussing each of the scenarios I will relate them to the text and share my opinions.

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In the movie Crash, there were many stereotypes exposed. I will only focus on a few of them. In the beginning of the film, the female officer fusses at the Asian American woman. She said that if the Asian woman was taller she could see over the steering wheel and would not have caused the crash. This feeds into the stereotype that all Asians are short. Larenz Tate and Ludacris’s characters illustrated the stereotype that African Americans do not tip; as a result, they believe that’s why they received bad service. He described the topic of microvalidations from chapter four of our text. The Arab American who was in the store buying a gun and speaking in his native language was automatically labeled a terrorist. Later in the film, the Arab American assumed it was the Latino man’s fault that his store got robbed. He assumed the guy was a gang member because of his appearance. Lastly, the African American couple being stopped by the police for having a similar vehicle to the stolen one. They were automatically accused and targeted.

I was surprised by the “shooting” in the movie. I was not expecting the little girl to be caught in the crossfire. I thought the Arab man knew shooting the other guy’s daughter was the best way to get even. I was relieved that she was not actually shot and confused as to how that happened. I knew the protective cloak was a metaphor. It wasn’t until the scene where I saw the Arab daughter reloading the gun with blanks that everything clicked. Maybe she knew her father would retaliate and wanted to protect him from injuring an innocent person. I was also shocked when the officer saved the woman from the crash. It was amazing how even though he “assaulted” her in a previous scene but was the first responder to the accident. She was adamant about him not touching her until she realized he was the only help she had. That goes to show that you should treat everyone with respect because you never know who will be there to help you in a time of need.

Ageism was also mentioned in the film. Like discussed in the lecture and our text, older people are discriminated against. One way is the investment syndrome. The officer’s father who was dealing with the UTI was a victim. He was refused further treatment and brushed off. I think that he was brushed off because of his age. If he was younger the doctor’s office would have done more to treat him.

Personally, I don’t think that the characters in the movie were taught about race and culture in a positive way. They all fed into the racial stereotypes. This directly ties into the song “Carefully Taught”. In that song, the artist described how people are taught to hate others because of their appearance. Targeting someone based on their skin color and judging another person based on their cultural background is a learned behavior. As discussed in our text, we should focus on being culturally encapsulated. Which means that we should look past someone’s differences and focus on the individual. This was not achieved in this movie. The characters did the opposite. They tried to show Americans how they view others and the changes they should make.

I appreciate the movie Crash for being raw and unfiltered. I wasn’t shocked by the things I saw. By being a minority myself, it is something that I have grown up with. We all have our own prejudices whether intentional or not. The film shed light on an often-taboo topic and brought it to the forefront. We need more films like Crash and song “Carefully Taught” to open our eyes. Like the saying, if we don’t know our past we are doomed to repeat it.

 

 Crash and “Carefully Taught” Response

No matter how hard we try racial stereotypes will always be a part of everyday life. It has become an unfortunate part of our society, especially in today’s climate. Often racially stereotyping a person or group is something we do unconsciously. As depicted in the film Crash and the song “Carefully Taught” we are given an in-depth look at how this unfolds. This response essay will explore the various stereotypical scenarios in the film and the song’s theme. While discussing each of the scenarios I will relate them to the text and share my opinions.

In the movie Crash, there were many stereotypes exposed. I will only focus on a few of them. In the beginning of the film, the female officer fusses at the Asian American woman. She said that if the Asian woman was taller she could see over the steering wheel and would not have caused the crash. This feeds into the stereotype that all Asians are short. Larenz Tate and Ludacris’s characters illustrated the stereotype that African Americans do not tip; as a result, they believe that’s why they received bad service. He described the topic of microinvalidations from chapter four of our text. The Arab American who was in the store buying a gun and speaking in his native language was automatically labeled a terrorist. Later in the film, the Arab American assumed it was the Latino man’s fault that his store got robbed. He assumed the guy was a gang member because of his appearance. Lastly, the African American couple being stopped by the police for having a similar vehicle to the stolen one. They were automatically accused and targeted.

I was surprised by the “shooting” in the movie. I was not expecting the little girl to be caught in the crossfire. I thought the Arab man knew shooting the other guy’s daughter was the best way to get even. I was relieved that she was not actually shot and confused as to how that happened. I knew the protective cloak was a metaphor. It wasn’t until the scene where I saw the Arab daughter reloading the gun with blanks that everything clicked. Maybe she knew her father would retaliate and wanted to protect him from injuring an innocent person. I was also shocked when the officer saved the woman from the crash. It was amazing how even though he “assaulted” her in a previous scene but was the first responder to the accident. She was adamant about him not touching her until she realized he was the only help she had. That goes to show that you should treat everyone with respect because you never know who will be there to help you in a time of need.

Ageism was also mentioned in the film. Like discussed in the lecture and our text, older people are discriminated against. One way is the investment syndrome. The officer’s father who was dealing with the UTI was a victim. He was refused further treatment and brushed off. I think that he was brushed off because of his age. If he was younger the doctor’s office would have done more to treat him.

Personally, I don’t think that the characters in the movie were taught about race and culture in a positive way. They all fed into the racial stereotypes. This directly ties into the song “Carefully Taught”. In that song, the artist described how people are taught to hate others because of their appearance. Targeting someone based on their skin color and judging another person based on their cultural background is a learned behavior. As discussed in our text, we should focus on being culturally encapsulated. Which means that we should look past someone’s differences and focus on the individual. This was not achieved in this movie. The characters did the opposite. They tried to show Americans how they view others and the changes they should make.

I appreciate the movie Crash for being raw and unfiltered. I wasn’t shocked by the things I saw. By being a minority myself, it is something that I have grown up with. We all have our own prejudices whether intentional or not. The film shed light on an often-taboo topic and brought it to the forefront. We need more films like Crash and song “Carefully Taught” to open our eyes. Like the saying, if we don’t know our past we are doomed to repeat it.