The Crash The Crash
Running head: THE CRASH 1
TheCrashis a film that was produced in 2004. Paul Haggis is the producer anddirector of the film. The film describes the social and racialtensions that are experienced in the Los Angeles City. The filmindicates key events in the city. The film shows how people react tothe tense race experience in the city. The District Attorney, who isCaucasian, applies racial inequality in his political dealings. TheCaucasian wife of the attorney has a stereotypical opinion thatcolored people are violent. This is because she was carjackedrecently by two African-Americans. The conflict that is indicated isracial violence and inequality. The partnered police constables arein constant disagreement. This is because the white officer is aracist who believes in the oppression of the colored people. However,the African-American police constable views the black community asdisadvantaged. The racial conflict is not resolved. At the finalphase of the film, Anthony observed Shaniqua exchanging racial slurswith another driver at an accident scene.
Thefilm has several main characters. It is an all-star cast work. Allthe characters experience prejudice because they are from ethnicminority communities. These characters are Jean Cabot, Rick Cabot,Anthony, Peter Waters, Cameron Thayer, Christine Thayer, John Ryan,and Tom Hansen (Neema, 2017). The distinguishing qualities in thefilm are racial identity and occupation. John Ryan is a white policeofficer. Cameron Thayer is an African-American television director.The main characters have different aspirations. Anthony is anAfrican-American criminal who has illegal economic objectives. Hesteals cars and sells them to a chop shop owner. Tom Hansen is a lawenforcement officer who aims at encouraging racial tolerance andequality. He rebukes the racist communication and conduct of hispartner. The main characters change in the film. Tom Hansen rebukesracism at the beginning of the film. However, he engages in racialslur communication with peter and even shoots him fatally at the endof the film (Aptaker, 2016).
Ilike the film because it is important in illustrating the racialrelations in the Los Angeles City and the entire American society.The American racial relation is considered as poor because of highlevels of intolerance, prejudice, profiling, and stereotypicalconduct. The dominant race, White-Americans, enjoy numerousopportunities in employment, business, education, and politics. RickCabot for example, has a successful education in law and career asthe District Attorney. The Racial minority groups are disadvantagedin the economic sectors. Jean Cabot has a Hispanic Maid called Maria.A maid has less education and earns low wages. Peter Walters is anAmerican criminal who is killed by Hansen, the white police officer.Carjacking is normally done by uneducated and unemployed youths. Idisliked Crashbecause it portrays the white race as dominant. The white charactersare successful economically and professionally for example, TomHansen and John Ryan are police officers. The colored people areviewed as violent criminals. For example, Anthony and Peter Watersare carjackers. The outcome of the film was not satisfying. This isbecause racial equality was not achieved in the Los Angeles City.Officer Hansen engaged in racial slur with Peter. Peter waseventually shot by the officer (Neema, 2017).
Thefilm is effective in demonstrating the racial experience in theUnited States. Racial tension has been reported in severalsituations. For example, the white security officers have beenaccused of harassing youths from the colored minority communities.There is need to develop and adopt strategies that enhance racialtolerance and diversity in the American nation.
Justin,Aptaker. (2016). A Sociological Analysis of the Movie "Crash."Retrieved from https://reelrundown.com/movies/Crash-A-Sociological-Analysis
Neema.(2017). Main protagonists in Crash.Retrieved from http://xcrashthemoviex.blogspot.co.ke/2007/09/crash-has-all-star-cast-who-are-all_11.html
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