Posted tagged ‘prejudice’

ABCD … LGBT

June 26, 2017

prejudiiceWhen I was a teenager, my Mom and I had a discussion about prejudice and racism, in particular.  I don’t remember what precipitated such a discussion but it was likely news of some atrocity that had taken place in the South toward Negros.  That was the proper name back then.   My Mom told me that by the time I was her age, there would be no more racism because all the races would have intermarried, creating a single race.  Little did I know then how far her prediction would fall from the truth but it remains a fond memory of the kind of woman my mother was.  A few years later, I would join the first interracial fraternity at the University of Connecticut where I’d have the life-changing experience of talking civil rights as the only white guy in a room of African Amercan (by then, the proper term) brothers. At college, I would meet a pretty Jewish girl who would become my wife and I’d study the world’s religions (against the advice of my pastor, by the way).  I’d like to say I graduated without any prejudices but in a world full of ethnic and religious slurs, it is all too easy to reach for one in my head, even if I don’t say it. And of course, there were new prejudices to deal with as life went on, ones that were at least tacitly acceptable in my young adulthood. (more…)

A Little Prejudiced

February 9, 2013

crashWednesday night, while I was sitting in my recliner, waiting for a post topic to turn up, I turned my Roku to Amazon Prime and started watching the 2004 film, CrashCrash takes place over a thirty-six hour period on Los Angeles, following a racially diverse cast of characters as their lives intertwine and their individual prejudices appear in random encounters.   Rather than divide the cast into heroes and villains, each person is shown to harbor racial prejudices, usually borne of ignorance rather than malice.  A signature of the film is that many of the characters find themselves in situations where their humanity extends beyond their prejudice.  For example, bigoted police officer, John Ryan, molests a black woman during a traffic stop, then ends up risking his own life to save her from a burning automobile.  A theme of the film is that everyone harbors prejudices.   The film was a surprise winner of the Oscar for Best Picture over the 2004 favorite, Brokeback Mountain.  Many critics attributed that to homophobia among Academy members and others complained that interconnection of the many characters in Crash was contrived (Can you imagine that?  A contrived plot?).   I didn’t see Brokeback Mountain but I really enjoyed Crash, and I enjoyed it again Wednesday night.  It touches not only upon the bad that can infect each of us but the good we can do.  It’s well acted and the ethereal score by New Age artist, Mark Isham, carries the film’s mood perfectly. (more…)