Crash Course: Reflections on the Film "Crash" for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege

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Campuses across the country have been 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.

Edited by Michael Benitez Jr. and Felicia Gustin, 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 Jolivette
  • 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 SpeakOut for Diversity Dialogues