Textual Analysis About Stereotype in Crash
This movie portrayed people of different races and present how people from different cultures stereotype others. The first concept that I want to illustrate is “out group homogeneity”. “Out group homogeneity” means that people tend to see outgroups less diverse than themselves whereas they view themselves as unique and individual. Outgroup members are viewed as highly similar. The ingroup members tend to attribute that the outgroup members have the same characteristics and personalities. The outgroup homogeneity effect was observed in wide and diverse groups, …show more content…
Almost everyone in this movie stereotypes others. The white woman stereotypes that “the guy with the shaved head, the pants around his ass, the prison tattoo” is a gang member. The black guy thinks that all Asian looking people are “Chinaman”. However, to be prejudice means that a person does not like a group of people based on personal or social ideals. It is more about “do not like some group”. In the movie, when the Iranian father wanted to buy the gun, the shop man showed that he doesn’t like him very much. I think there are two prejudices. Firstly, after 9/11, a lot of people have strong prejudice about people from the Middle East. As a person from the Middle East, people have prejudice towards him. Secondly, the shop man has prejudice about people who can’t speak English well. After the father left the store, the shop man used a better tone with his daughter because he knew that she was born in the US.
There are a lot of scenes about ethnocentrism and racism. Ethnocentrism and racism are different. Ethnocentrism is the tendency to believe that one's ethnic or cultural group is centrally important, and that all other groups are measured in relation to one's own. In the beginning of the movie, when the white woman hit the Asian woman’s car, she said, “How shocked I am to be hit by an Asian driver!” She thinks that she is right because she as strong ethnocentrism that her ethnic group is better than the Asian