Crash character analysisCameron Thayer Dave Levasseur, Bethany M. Pratt and Margo Steiner EDU 773 Professor Leila V. Moore
Background • Post-September 11, Los Angeles, California • Political Climate – corruption, no trust, crime rate is high due to gang violence • Racial Climate – unstable, unrest, mixed race minority-majority • Economic Climate – beginning of recession
Cameron Thayer – TV Director • Played by Terrence Howard • African American male • Married • Upper socioeconomic status • Educated • Affluent; grew up somewhat privileged
Black and Racial Identity Theories • Cross • Jackson and Hardiman • Fordham and Ogbu
Male, Ego and Social Identity Theories • Marcia: Identity moratorium • Perry: Contextual relativism - proposed solutions are supported by reasons • Tajfel and Turner: Comparison • The dualism of social identity theory: Is not so black and white
Microaggression • Definitions: Solorzano and Davis • Microaggressions are subtle insults (verbal, non-verbal, and/or visual) directed toward people of color, often automatically or unconsciously. • Automatic acts of disregard that stem from unconscious attitudes of white superiority and constituting a verification of black inferiority
Assimilation • Assimilation: Callan In Callan’s “The ethics of assimilation” (cited in Gines’ commentary, 2006), the author makes a case that voluntary assimilation is ethically acceptable, that it does no wrong to oneself or others.
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