Journal Week 5 - Crash

I'm looking forward to my diversity experience and group presentation on Rwandan refugees in Grand Rapids.

But what I mostly took away tonight was _Crash_. It's one of the best movies I've ever seen. Definitely the best movie about the impact of racism: _A Time To Kill_ wanted to be this movie, and I enjoyed...well, enjoyed is definitely the wrong word. I appreciated _ATTK_ and it was good. But _Crash_ took the documentation and exploration of racism to a new level. Racism is more than just Black vs. White, or ethnic differences or straightforward and blatant prejudice. Crash captured the complexity of both external and internalized racism. It built up relationships then twisted and even destroyed them. And restored some. The reason I was crying so hard in the scene where Elizabeth is raped, then Lara is nearly shot was that the entire movie to that point hit me each time. There was also a resonance for me with the "successful black sheep" theme involving Graham, for personal reasons.

Maybe I'll be able to add more later, but if I type anymore now, I'll spend all night crying. And I can't do that.

Because right now I need to go hug and kiss my kids.


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