Campuses across the country are widely using the film Crash as a way to talk with students about racism. Given this, Speak Out felt an obligation to interact with this dialogue by asserting a critical look at the film through different lenses and from varied perspectives.
The result is “Crash Course: Reflections on the Film Crash for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege,” an 84-page collection of essays by some of the country’s most prominent anti-racism writers, scholars and activists.
The anthology provides a context and framework for those using the film in educational settings. As Victor Lee Lewis writes in his essay: “Crash fails to render a coherent and liberating analysis of racism, privilege or power. Yet, if thoughtfully handled, it can be a powerful tool for teaching and learning. We owe it to ourselves to consider how to make the best use of it.”
"Crash Course" Table of Contents:
• Crashing the Conversation: An Introduction to Crash Course by Felicia Gustin
• Notes for a Crash Course in Social Justice Education by Victor Lee Lewis
• About Crash by Hugh Vasquez
• How to Read a Film: Looking at Crash by Alix Ohlin and Andy Smith
• Crashing into More of White Privilege by Peggy McIntosh
• Undesirable Tales of Cultural Imagery in Crash: Latin Paradoxes in the Media by Michael Benitez Jr.
• “Chink,’ ‘Chinaman,’ and ‘Celestial’: Inhumanity in Crash by Margaret Rhee
• Crash: An Indigenous Centered Approach to Healing the Soul Wound by Andrew Jolivétte
• More of a Thud, Really: Racism, Crash and the Reinforcing of White Denial by Tim Wise
• Crash: A Reconstruction of Cameron, Black Masculinity and Hip-Hop by Mohammed Bilal
• Crash and the Self-Indulgence of White America by Robert Jensen and Robert Wosnitzer
• Interpreting Social Justice Issues in Crash: A First Year-Model for Critical Dialogue used at Lafayette College by Michael Benitez Jr.
• Crash at a Glance
• Film Programs Available from Speak Out for Diversity Dialogues
“Crash Course: Reflections on the Film Crash for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege,” is available for $12 plus $3 shipping and handling. Rates for bulk copies are also available. Contact Speak Out for details.
To order, visit Speak Out's online store here.