Ideology in Crash

March 31, 2010
Darvay 1213 - 012


The movie Crash tells the interlocking stories of different races, ethnicities, the rich and the poor, and the powerful and the powerless. All of the characters are in one way or another defined by each other and defined by racism. They are all victims of it, and they are all also guilty of it. One recurring theme is that the characters racial assumptions prevent them from seeing the actual person standing before them, and in most cases, they are wrong. Crash is an excellent movie because of how real and intense it is when it comes to portraying real life examples of racism. It explores topics that most people are scared to think about or watch. People do not want to see the harsh parts of reality. This movie makes people face their demons, like their own personal experiences with racism, because I guarantee everyone related to at least one of these characters in one way or another.
This movie plays a much bigger role than just entertainment. It touches on topics that are not necessarily politically correct and it definitely depicts subject matter that makes most people uncomfortable. Crash is one of those movies that pushes boundaries, but it also opens the audiences’ eyes to real problems in society, and it shows real issues that a lot of people are not aware of. “The Oscar-winning best picture - widely heralded, especially by white liberals, for advancing an honest discussion of race in the United States - is, in fact, a setback in the crucial project of forcing white America to come to terms with the reality of race and racism, white supremacy and white privilege” (Jensen and Wosnizter).   It makes you aware of real problems, and the scary part is: everything that was shown in the movie can, and probably does, happen in real life. This movie successfully sends a huge message about racism and stereotypes.
Everyone is guilty of racism. It may not be as exaggerated as it was in the movie, and we may not act...