Category Archives: Race and Ethnicity

Rize

“Rize” by the famous photographer and director David LaChapelle, is an amazing documentary that showcases the dancing culture of South Central LA. This culture is portrayed as the salvation for a community that is riddled with crime, drugs, and oppression.  … Continue reading

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Brown Eyes vs. Blue Eyes

Brown Eyes vs. Blue Eyes (1968) is a famous experiment done by Jane Elliot, where she gives her third grade students “a first-hand experience in the meaning of discrimination” (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/divided/).  She does this by dividing her class superior and inferior … Continue reading

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Grass

Grass is a documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that came out in 1999.  This documentary chronicles the history of the social perceptions of Marijuana and Marijuana laws in the United States. The most fascinating aspect of this documentary is how … Continue reading

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Human Stain

The Human Stain (2003) is an excellent example of the implications of the one-drop rule that only people of African decedent have historically faced in America.  It details the great lengths the main character went through, out of fear of … Continue reading

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Good Hair

“Good Hair,” it seems like such a benign term, however to the Black American female community this term embodies expectations that have racist roots. The film Good Hair (2009) details the extreme measures Black American females go through -including, spending … Continue reading

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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) is about two best friends that end up getting sent to Guantanamo Bay, because a women on an airline thinks that Kumar (who is Asian Indian) is a middle eastern terrorist trying … Continue reading

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Crash

The movie Crash, which came out in 2004, explores how average people consciously or unconsciously harbor negative stereotypes about one another.  Multiple car crashes in the movie bring the multiracial cast of characters together in unexpected ways.  Most importantly, watching … Continue reading

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