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Crash and Racial Discrimination

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Karianne Polimeni

on 8 May 2014

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Transcript of Crash and Racial Discrimination

"Crash" and Racial Discrimination
Personal Prejudice
Before this clip, Jean and her husband were walking down the street and got car- jacked at gun point by two african americans.

Because of Daniel's tattoos, Jean automatically assumes that he is a "gang -banger" and going to sell her house keys to his friends in order to come back and rob her.
White Privilege
In this clip, Anthony gives insight to white privilege. Although his friend doesn't feel the same way, Anthony feels he is continually discriminated because of his race. They also go on to talk about how they are the only two blacks in the area, other than their waitress, who Anthony felt has been "brain washed" by her white environment.

A little further into the clip, Jean grabs her husband's arm when she sees the two black men, showing she is fearful of them due to her prejudice. Anthony notes this and feels she just another typical racist."
CRASH (2004)
Directed by Paul Haggis, Crash is a movie about race and social tensions in the urban area of Los Angeles.
Crash is the perfect film that depicts both personal prejudices and institutional racism.
These clips exemplify the many societal issues we face on a daily basis involving race on both a personal level and in the criminal justice system. As future criminal justice professionals, it is important that we acknowledge this issue and face it head on. Through education and awareness on the issue, many policies and solutions could be implemented to address both racism and racial profiling.
Institutional Racism
In this clip, this couple gets pulled over based solely on their color and vehicle type. The officers were patrolling looking for a group of young black men. Despite the fact the officers knew this couple was not who they were looking before and before the officer knew Christine was performing fellatio on her husband, he pulled them over because they were black.
In class we learned all about privilege and the many privileges people take for granted on a daily basis without even realizing it. One of the main ones is White Privilege. In the article written by McIntosh, he gave 46 examples off the top of his head that best show white privilege. The fourth privilege on his list is "I can be reasonably sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me." Jean seeing a black man in her neighborhood made her both noticeably uncomfortable and nervous, confirming Anthony's suspicion that people have preconceived ideas of him based on his skin color.
This clip shows racial profiling on a personal level. According to McDonald and Miller, racial profiling is the targeting of citizens, based on their race or ethnicity, for additional scrutiny. Because Daniel is not white, Jean associates his minority status with criminal activity based on what has happened to her previously in the film.
In the video shown in class, two young black men drove around in a nice car and videotaped their encounters with the police. While driving, their camera crew got pulled over for no reason.

In the textbook, McDonald and Miller talk about the phenomenon "driving while black" and how racial profiling and traffic stops are such an issue and needs to be solved.
On a professional level, a good start to the solution would be to train and educate the criminal justice professionals in the field on racial discrimination and how to be aware of it.

Having repercussions for officers abusing their discretion due to racism would also be beneficial.

According to Higgins, Gabbidon, and Martin (2010), education programs are needed to educate the public on race relations, as well.

Awareness is the biggest issue!
Group 6
Anna Gawens
Kami Doane
Marisa Statt
Justine Daniels
Karianne Polimeni
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