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Name: ___________________________ Period: ____Seminar 2: The Social Problem of RacismPart 1 – Sociological BackgroundWhat is social stratification? Give our class definition and a definition in your own words.What types of social stratification exist in American society? In other words, how do we separate ourselves from one another and organize the power structure within our society?Have you observed inequality in your daily life? If so, explain. How did it make you feel?Define racism (sociological definition):Define prejudice:Define discrimination:What is the difference between racism and discrimination?What is the difference between discrimination and prejudice?Explain race/ethnicity from the functionalist perspective.Explain race/ethnicity according to conflict theory.Explain race/ethnicity from the symbolic interactionist perspective.How does the Human Genome Project’s research reinforce the symbolic interactionist perspective on race/ethnicity?Which sociological perspective do you find to be most useful in understanding race as a concept? In understanding racism?Is race real? Explain.Define explicit racism:Define implicit racism:Part 2 – Crash (2004)Jean Cabot – Sandra BullockRick Cabot – Brendan Fraser (District attorney, Jean’s husband)Detective Graham – Don CheadlePeter Graham – Larenz Tate (Detective Graham’s brother)Lt. Dixon – Keith David (LAPD Boss)Officer Ryan – Matt Dillon (Groper cop)Officer Hanson – Ryan Phillipe (Younger cop)Flanagan – William Fichtner (District Attorney’s representative that talks to Graham)Cameron Thayer – Terrence Howard (A Film director)Christine Thayer – Thandie Newton (Woman who is groped)Anthony – LudacrisDaniel – Michael Pena (Locksmith)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Record examples of explicit racism during the film:Record examples of implicit racism during the film:Which type of racism is worse? Why?What role did raw emotion (anger, fear, sadness, hatred, love, etc) play in how characters treated one another? Cite specific examples of characters, their behavior, and how their emotion ties into that behavior (I’d recommend doing at least three characters).The film shows several intense racial conflicts that occur within a 24-hour period. How might that pace or frequency of negative experiences affect a person’s view of the world and others? Use specific examples from the film – but you may also expand on this from your own perspective.Do you see any examples of the “Thomas Theoreom” in this film? Which characters or behaviors? Explain.What do you think Cameron meant when he told Anthony (Ludacris): “Look at me. You embarrass me. You embarrass yourself.”Which character is the most moral (the best/good person)? Why?Who is the least moral (worst person, bad/evil)? Why?When this film came out it received a lot of praise, but also a lot of criticism. Some felt that it started a healthy discussion about the social problem of racism. Some felt that it made the problem worse. What do you think and why?Review the Conflict Theory perspective on the social problem of racism. Relate it to Ludacris’ character.Explain the following quote from the film: “It’s the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people; people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other just so we can feel something.” --Detective GrahamWhat is with the “magic cloak?” Did it work? Explain.Which character(s) had the strongest character arc? In other words, who grew the most as a person? An individual can grow for the better or for the worse. They could have either started “good” and became “bad” for a negative arc, or started of “bad” and became “good” for a positive arc. Explain in detail.Think about whomever you had in mind as the “worst character.” Did they redeem themselves at any point? If not, are they redeemable at all?Think back to the documentary Accidental Courtesy, where Darryl Davis sat down to talk with leaders from the Black Lives Matter movement. They had a sharp disagreement on how to combat the social problem of racism. Darryl thinks that friendly, open dialogue, will move people past their differences and overcome the hate and division. Overall, Darryl wants to bring people together. The BLM activists believe that some people are not redeemable, can’t change, and should be met with anger. The BLM activists here argue in favor for “people who look like [them] to separate and build their own people up.”Short Essay (at least a full paragraph): In the final scene of the film, there is a fire and snow begins to fall as we check in with each character one last time. Pay close attention to this scene and how it relates to each character. What do you think the final scene of the movie symbolizes (the fire, the snow, the car accident)? In other words, what is the director trying to tell us? What is the overall message?

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