Racism, “Crash” and the Los Angeles Identity

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Racism, "Crash" and the Los Angeles Identity
Nobody truly gains from racism. Racism is a powerful thing, and its motivations are that of fear and ignorance. In class, we have looked at lots of different materials that talk about racism and what it means in America today. Through three examples, people try to gain from racism or make themselves seem better than someone else. Ultimately, however, nobody really gains from racism because it stunts the progress of equality and growth in America. The film Crash, by director Paul Haggis, emphasizes this point through a multitude of encounters with racism, and also offers a little hope for the future of race relations in Los Angeles and beyond.
One prominent example is how race is perpetuated...
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.....omplex issues of race. As Americans, our racial makeup is diverse and complex, and need to understand that race influences class, government, sociology, economics and politics. “Changes to racial ideologies are manifested in policy that can intensify or diminish racial boundaries and status hierarchies” (Menchaca 3). In this way, Crash shows the violent, complex and often-grim realities of racism, but also offers hope for the future.
Works Cited
Haggis, Paul, Dir. Crash. Lion’s Gate Films, 2004. DVD.
Hooks, Bell & Mesa-Bains, Amalia. Homegrown. USA: Engaged Cultural Criticism, 2006.
Menchaca, Martha. Rediscovering History, Reconstructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans. USA: University of Texas Press, 2009.