Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

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I am taking a class this semester called Crime, Gender,and Race. We have learned a lot of theories concerning why people commit crimes, who commits certain crimes etc. Recently we were asked to read a book or watch a movie and pick out different themes we saw in them and present it to the class. I had not noticed before how many stereotypes and generalizations are prevalent in films and books and not just about minorities but also women. Even movies that are seemingly race neutral are not as innocent. For instance, the film Transformers that came out this past summer featured two characters who were twins, Mudflap and Skids. They clearly were suppose to be Black. They cursed, used slang,fought each other constantly and one of them even had a gold tooth. None of the other characters displayed this kind of behavior. It is so easy to overlook things like this or even to rationalize it as” no big deal” but it is. These two characters were sending a message that blacks are uneducated,unable to speak proper english and lack  self control.


Written by deanna15

March 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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  1. Almost every movie you watch has some kind of generalization or stereotype in it. I just finished writing a paper just like that as well, and I wrote it on this horrible movie Brooklyn’s Finest, where every black guy was a drug dealer or a thug, and every white guy was a crooked cop. Sometimes stereotypes are funny, but in most cases they are just downright unnecessary.


    March 23, 2010 at 6:01 am

  2. I think sometimes people take characters in movies too seriously. You could pick apart every movie, tv show, song, or any entertainment act and form some kind of racial stereotype. It is just taken too far sometimes and I think people need to just stop taking these things so seriously and just enjoy the entertainment. I have been in plenty of comedy acts where the black comedian makes fun of white people but if everyone took that stuff seriously then it just spoils everything.


    March 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

  3. I think it’s a lot easier for movies to portray the stereotypes of blacks rather then whites because they are the minority.

    Movies are for entertainment and this is a way to make the money. Movie makers know what sells and beyond sex, making fun of other races or cultures is something that sells. If it was really that big of a deal, no one would go to the movies or even watch a movie that had any kind of racial pun in it.


    March 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

  4. I don’t think that I have ever seen a movie that did not display some kind of racism. I mean it’s sad but it truly has become a norm and it is going to take a hell lot of change for this to be reversed and frankly I don’t think it’s going to happen but I do try to remain optimistic.


    March 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm

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