Thursday, 25 March 2010


It was my first time seeing Crash in the lecture. Crash is released in 2004 directed by Paul Haggis. I thought it is a good film and I liked it.
This film covers the racial prejudice problem against different races of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, and Iranians.
I agreed with Ebert view than with Foundas. Ebert says that this film is a considerable movie and I think so too. However I have not been to Los Angeles so I am not sure if everything are like the film or not.

I liked the two police part that one behave like a racist to the other racial citizens but taking care of his father, and one is having doubts in his partner's behaviour and fed up being with the partner but when he shot black man accidentally he throw black man's dead body and left. I had a doubt between the contradiction with these two police's actions, but I also able to understand both of their action as well.

"Crash" review

After watching the film Crash I felt that the view of LA was only one sided as, as a viewer we are only shown what was wrong with LA and not the good side also. As a viewer there were strong themes of racism, a class system, stereotyping, and crime. The idea that people in LA do not come in contract with one another until they crash into one another is very dominate through the car crashes, the gun crime, the human trafficking, and the racial discrimination between all races, not just white against all. During the course of the film there is a sense of that all the acts that happen are to benefit the character and that they all need each other to realise what needs to can in their own life's. This can be shown through the character of the racist cop who is racist to anyone who is not white like the doctor who could help his farther get better and the TV producers white were he feels her up after pulling them over because he feels he can. This representation of the LAPD is realistic as they are know as being riot police in every situation the are in. The film over all can be seen to be good as it shows a lot of problems that America still need to work on and it also shows that it does not matter who you are, where you come from, what you do, and the colour of your skin you are the same as everyone else and we can all help each other to become better versions of are self's. This idea can be shown in the scene were the little latino girl jumps in front of a blank for her farther and the Prussian character sees this act as an act of god seeing her as his angle.

Review of Crash

I enjoyed the veiwing of Crash as I thought that it was a very moving and thought-provoking film. It was particularly interesting to see the rising issues of Stereotyping and how it can effect different peoples lives. It was also very emotional through the film for example when Thandie Newton was stopped by the cop only to be helped by him in the end and shooting of the little girl with blanks. However the more I watched the more I began to realize that people in America suffer from this kind of abuse everyday because they are outside of the norm and the American identity. You could easily see the tensions between the characters because of the situations that they were in. I would recommend that American's should watch this film in great detail so that some of them can see the wrongs that they are commiting.


Even though i mamanged to walk in 45 minutes late and everyone has told me since the its the best part of the film i mamanged to catchup up with the film and even though i missed the introuduction of the charctes i felt that i knew them come the end. however i did feel it lived up to all the hype surrounding it. Even though it is all based on accientals events that 'crash' these people together it seemed like the believeability of these coincidences is a little to far fetched for me, L.A. is a big state and the chances for example of the racist cop who was sexually harrsing the woman manage to be the cop the cop passing by and help out at the car crash is a little hard to believe, and if you dont believe that one then its going to be harder to believe that the rookie was 1 of the 2 cars that stopped the woman who got harrssed's husband. Why were to patrol cars going around the same area. the film also portrays white people in a bad way. Matt dillins character is a racist cop and Sandra Bollocks Character is viewed as a woman who sterotypes all people before getting to know them she has a attitude of what a eldly person has in todays world, someone from a different generation.

however even though i do not think that the film should be film of the year i also disargee that the film is worst of the year. the film is very good at drawing people in and for the viewer to get feelings for the characters. its just its attempted to suggest that all these stories relate to each other through "crashing" it seems like all the characters are placed in these situations a sort of domino effect.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

'Crash' Review

I think the 'Crash' was a very good film, and i really enjoyed it. I think it was a very powerful film which illustrated many controversial issues in America today, such as racism, gun crime and immigration. It showed the racism that is underlying in everyone, and how different groups are given different prejudices and stereotypes for no reason. For example, the Latino locksmith who looked like a gang member because he was Latino and had a shave head, Sandra Bullock's character assumed he was a gang member and that he would bring his other gang members to her house and rob it, so she insisted to change the locks again. I think the film was good because it was shocking and was filled with tension, such as when the Persian man shot the Latinos daughter, but it was actually with blanks. I really liked how the film followed lots of different characters in their own lives, but then these all linked with each other to bring the film together at the end.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Present Native American Tribes

The first website i found was this one for the united tribes in Carolina. from the very top of the website you can tell that these tribes have been doing what ever it takes to keep there head up above water it terms of surviving in today's America. You can see from the top the projects and activities such as the film festival they have been holding for the past 10 years. however while appealing to tourists like much other tribes websites i have found this website provides allot of information about there hertiage and history. Carolina Indians seem very loyal to the blood and there land and it mentions how they have been on that land since 300 A.D.
Another aspect of the website if you click the link for volunteers it takes you to a page where you cant apply for jobs there rather they ask for you to donate money to the tribe.
However seeming what all the Indians tribes have been through since the first settlers and what the American government did to there decedents at the bottom of the page it says "Thank you for your support and God bless you and God bless America!" which i found interesting.

The other website i found seemed a bit more orientated around progressing the tribe and bringing it into the modern making money and becoming a business but it also seems to be trying to keep its heritage maybe to cover up there ways which would be viewed as very different from what the ancestors where like but in today's world there is no room for the nomadic Indians that once lived on the American soil. They have kept this hertiage with traditional Native American music playing in the background while you view the website also on the homepage there is a slide show if you go on to the directory link it shows you all members of the tribe and you can tell by the names how the whole tribe has been Americanised with all very western names. The web page does provide a small section about the tribes history however it is not much seeming these people are meant to be proud of there hertiage. maybe they feel it has held them back in life?

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Two Native American Nations

This site shows the Native American Nation of the Mashantucket-Pequot.They are the people who lived and stilled do in Southern Connecticut and have seen hardship such as in the Pequot war were many were killed or taken into slavery by other tribes, but then in 1651 they were given some land in the western part of Mashantucket called the Noank. also in the mid-1970s, tribal members had embarked on a series of economic ventures, in addition to instituting legal action to recover illegally seized land.With the assistance of the Native American Rights Fund and the Indian Rights Association, the Tribe filed suit in 1976 against neighboring landowners to recover land that had been sold by the State of Connecticut. The end result was that the tribe wasgranted the Tribe federal recognition, enabling it to repurchase and place in trust the land covered in the Settlement Act. Currently, the reservation is 1,250 acres.

This information shows that this particular tribe values the highs and lows that they have had to suffer to get to the position in American they are today. It also connotes the idea that by suffering in the pass can make a nation stronger and more willing to success in this case to get back land and make it legal. By having found this success they are now the owners of one of the biggest resort casinos in the world, the tribe is know to be the largest tax payer and as being the largest employer in Connecticut. As well as having success financially they have also achieve by having their own tribal council.

This is the website of the Hopi native american nation who are from Northern Arizona and still reside there today this day. This tribes homepage in different to the one above as it dose not talk about their history through their hardships and success as the one above, but about how they came about, where they first lived and about their way of life in the past and now in 2010. There are sections about their craft, religion, the landscape they live in, and their etiquette (objects that hold meaning to the tribe).

The tribe now are know as Americans oldest culture who depend on organisations to help by providing funds and labor to repair homes and build additions for the elderly and for those who genuinely do not have financial means to better their living conditions. This is accomplished through a joint effort with the Hopi families. This includes acts such as repairing roofs, give the tribe handicap access to certain part of the villages, and just building and restoring.

Native American tribes
This website is about Jicarilla Apache nation. It is located in the northern New Mexico. They were migrated from Canada sometime between A.D. 1300 and 1500.
'Jicarilla' came from Spanish word which means little basket maker. The website says that Jicarillas are flexible and adaptable people by the nature and by circumstance. Today, they become important participants in the economic growth of northern New Mexico and the American Southwest.
Next website is about Mohawk tribes. Mohawk tribes are original people of New York state. They are known as Kanien'kehake which means people of the flint. They also reffered to as the Haudenosaunee which means people of the longhouse because they lived in a long rectangulae house. It can lived in up to sixty people.

Navajo and Blackfeet Tribes.

The first website I found was for the Navajo tribes. The title of the site is “Welcome to the Navajo nation government!” I found it interesting how the natives refer to themselves as nations apposed to minorities. It talks of their fight to sustain a viable economy to help their population which has come to around 250,000 people. The government was originally set up in 1923 to deal with the increasing desire for the Navajo land to be leased to oil companies for exploration. The site is full of interesting facts about the Navajo tribe, such as their language was used to create a secret code when in battle with the Japanese.

It keeps people informed of the events of the Navajo government, as well as upcoming events in the government. There also interestingly is a section titled jobs, which has links to services in the reserves.

The second website I found was for the Blackfeet tribe. What I found particularly interesting about this site was a quote on the top of the page which says, “The Blackfeet are, perhaps, the most powerful tribe of Indians on the continent.” The site has a section specifically for tribal members, which has different current issues on it. There is also a section about their government, which was created under the 1934 Indian Reorganisation Act. It contains amendments made to the constitution that are relevant to the tribe.

This website looks a lot more in dept at the tribe’s history, with resources such as a timeline and a page titled interesting facts. It states that the Blackfeet tribe are one of six nations out of 564 that still live on their ancestral land.

Two Native American Tribes

The site I have chosen is the site for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the first quote that I came across was "The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, the only tribe in America who never signed a peace treaty." They seem to take pride in the fact that they are the only tribe that did not sign the treaty. While looking through the site there are links that lead you to finding out about their culture and their history. The history consists of a time scale but dates have been picked out showing different times which were important to the tribe. For the present day situation the website consists of different links for a numerous set of activities, they present many shows and viewings so it could be seen that the tribes survival has depended on the tourist faction.

The other site that I found was for the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, while looking through this site I found that the site was more formal than the Seminole site, it consists of different links looking at different aspects of the Shawnee community. For the history view the Shawnee tribe it is placed in order with pictures to accompany, it does not have a timeline like Seminole tribe and it is very detailed viewings. Also for the present situation it is mentioned what is happening to improve the Shawnee community tribe such as the recycling and composting project. It could be said that the Shawnee tribe is more informative about the tribe and could be seen as not trying to reach a full tourist attention

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Native Americans
This website shows the Cherokee Tribe's history. It says how their tribe has always been the most advanced, and it was a spirit of survival and perseverance that kept them strong in the past and today. It explains how they were 'removed' by the White Settlers who found gold in 1830's and how many died on the 1000 mile journey to Oklahoma or Indian Territory. After the Trail of Tears it says they soon rebuilt a democracy with schools, churches and newspapers. It says it's the second largest Indian Tribe and today its the leader in education, housing and economic development. In the 21st century it became self-governed and has its own courts and judicial systems and it is a success. The Cherokee Tribe portray their history and present day situation in a positive way and are proud of their success.
This is the official Chickasaw website, it shows a 'proud history as fierce warriors' and it says that they are the 'unconquered and unconquerable nation' and call themselves the 'Spartans of the Mississippi'. All these show how strong and proud a nation they were and still are. They lived in 'highly sophisticated town houses' with their own laws and religion. They also were 'removed' and relocated to Oklahoma where they broke from the Choctaw Tribe to become independent. The Chickasaw's allied with the South in the Civil War and raised troops to fight with the Confederacy. Today many are successful farmers and ranchers and they built some of the first schools and businesses in Indian territory. In 1983 they got a new Chickasaw Constitution and are thriving as a result of this.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Pro and Against Illegal Immigration

For my postings this week I have chosen two different websites set up by very different groups of me people set out to either help illegal immigrants or keep them out of the USA. I found both these websites very interesting to read with all the information and the active participation that the viewer of the website can do. On the Borderangels website you are able to leave donations to the cause and also gives a lot of information about the work they do on the border for all. The web page itself offers a lot of information about all aspects of the the organisation. It is a Mexican based group that is why the website is in Spanish so maybe it could be viewed as biased because it is Mexicans helping out fellow Mexicans. But non the less it is still a group designed to help prevent the unnecessary deaths of the people trying to make it too America due to dehydration and starvation. The border angels help feed and clothe the people on the long journey across the border.

The other website I have chosen shows a list of all the anti illegal immigration groups in America today and for example of some of the web pages that website can take you to I have chosen the mothers against illegal aliens which and the top depicts and typical looking mother holding her baby against the American flag as the background. This shows what they think they are doing is patriotic. The website goes on to show a few videos about the matter. Another website is the group called weneedafencse which views the illegal immigrants in a very negative light talking about how they are costing the tax payers billions. Similar to the borderangels website this page also has a box which allows you to donate money to there 'mission'. Also the website gives into detail about the 'problem' and also on a separate page about what the solution will be. and place to leave comments and also put in blog posts which means that this web page has created a community around its self. ( (

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

South West Border Immigration

I have chosen this site for my Pro because it talks about research that political scientists have done which has come to the conclusion that Hispanic immigration is not a threat to American Identity. It explains how this is true by describing within their research the Latino culture are adapting to the American way of life. I did notice however that someone left a remark on their page telling them that they should all grow up.

Im not sure if we can use this for the Anti but Ichose this because it is real Americans arguing with some Mexicans about the fact that they are basically sick of looking after Mexicans. While reading this forum I found that there was a lot of anger and insults directed to Mexicans, many about Latino birth rates and about how Mexico is strict about their policy of illegal immigrants but how they turn the other way when it is one of their own people sneaking into America.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Hispanic Immigration

Anti-Hispanic Immigration

This is a video Glenn Beck talking about the Law that was passed in Arizona making it illegal for businesses to hire illegal Hispanic immigrants. It is clear that Glenn Beck is against Hispanic immigration and he is happy with the law as he wants America to stay American and not become Spanish. He tells Hispanics to get their own country in order and "stop leeching off ours" and he says that they are "bleeding us dry". He says that Mexico said that it wouldn't be able to handle the amount of people in school, jobs and hospitals if they were deported back to Mexico, he says America can't handle that either. He criticises the Hispanics for making statements to the press over this issue in Spanish.

Pro-Hispanic Immigration

This website talks about two Professors from Texas who have written a book about the misconceptions of Hispanic immigration. They state for it is good that immigrants are willing to work the low paid jobs in order to work their way up to the higher paid job, achieving their American Dream. It says that 42 million Hispanics represent $3 trillion in economic activity showing that they are essential for making money for America. They say that the immigrants are willing to risk their life for the better opportunity of living in America, and the country should be flattered by this. However, they do say that Hispanics should learn English as it is the language of their country.

South- West Border immigration issues

Pro immigration

This website shows illegal immigrates in different categories and how the numbers have gone up or down over the years, to show Americans how their country is being affected and used by these people. The website immigration counter refers to illegal immigrations as illegal aliens which make them seem like they are not people or that they have nothing in common to Americans or someone who is a legal immigrate. By using the word alien they are make these people seem like they are from another planet and something to fear and be scared of, which is a unfair category to put all illegal immigrates as some will be unpleasant as they will be criminals etc but not all will be, so could be people desperate for a chance at a better life. The focus of this website is to give Americans facts and figure that show them how illegal immigrates are bad for most part of the country and also it provides them with information to stop illegal immigration and how to tell someone about someone you think might be in America illegally.

This website ( the southern poverty law centre) talks about how in America there has been a debate about immigration for awhile but now it has become more. This as it is no longer just white Americans but also 'brown skinned immigrants' that are now becoming common among the anti-immigration activists. Like the above website some of the activists are starting to refer to the immigration coming across the border as 'criminal aliens' and 'cockroaches' make them seem inhuman and not worth any respect or sympathy. It then goes onto that the activists have started to become more more physical and psychological violent towards Latinos, and then list some personal experiences. This shows that the views are not changing but becoming stronger on this particular subject and in my opinion it shows that security during these protest towards Latinos maybe should be greater.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Hurricane Katrina's influence on the American American community.

The website I chose provides facts on the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I thought this website was significant and more helpful than others I had found as it made a point of comparing the statistics of African Americans that were affected to the other races affected. It also emphasised the fact that three of the states that were worst hit – Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi – were some of the most poverty stricken states in America. It compares the poverty rate of these states with that of the US. The US has a poverty rate of 13%, where as Mississippi has a poverty rate of 21.6%.

It also states that one in three of the victims of Hurricane Katrina were African American. This point is contrasted with the fact that one in every eight Americans are African American.

Hurricane Katrina
I chose a BBC website about Hurricane Katrina. It is about New Orleans which two-thirds of its residents are black. Also more than a quarter live in poverty.
This place was 10 times to national murder rate and 21% of households has no access to a car. This article was posted just after the Hurricane Katrina attacked.

The anger of African-Americans who lives in New Orleans were that just this place was left behind when others escaping. Also, one says that 'television is creating a sympathetic image of white people fleeing, and black people caught up in a shoplifting orgy.'

Hurricane Katrina and African Americans

This American news article from CBSNEWS is based around the idea of the views of white American towards African American after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. The first line that shows these feelings is 'CBS Radio News reports that New Orleans City Councilman Oliver Thomas said people are too afraid of black people to go in and save them’. This statement only shows one stereotype as it is saying that all African Americans at the time in New Orleans where to scary to go in and save which could have been true so some of the African Americans that that articles then goes on to say where ‘rumoured of shootings and riots and making people afraid to take in people who are being portrayed as thugs and thieves. ‘ This view of the African American people should not be put on all African American people as these actions being described where not preformed by all but only by sum. The rest of the article goes on to say that the help for the people that where hit by the hurricane was so slow in coming maybe becomes a large amount of the people in need where poor and black. But then there is the side of members of president bush’s party like secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who is said to have downplayed the situation by saying "That Americans would somehow in a color-affected way decide who to help and who not to help, I, I just don't believe it," she said. "The African-American community has obviously been very heavily affected. But people are doing what they can for Americans. Nobody wants to see any American suffer." Which show a different said of the argument that it was not because the people in need where black but because people would and did decided for themselves but not based on the colour of someone’s skin if they would help or not and how quickly they would.

The Devestating Effects of Hurricane Katrina on African Americans

I have chosen this site for my discussion because it mentions about the higher education of many African Americans and the devestating effects that hurricane Katrina had on this and also effecting the African Americans as a whole. It mentions that racism is very strong in Lousianna and New Orleans as there is a quote strongly referred to this.

"This became most apparent when three days after the hurricane, armed police from the predominantly white blue-collar community of Gretna prevented a large group of black pedestrians who were stranded in New Orleans from crossing a bridge into their city. "We were concerned about life and property," said Gretna mayor Ronnie C. Harris. "It was quite evident that a criminal element was contained in a crowd of probably mainly decent people."

This also shocked me as it said probably mainly decent people. Another thing and perhaps a very crucial issue that could have provoked African American communities is that of a rumour that the dikes were breached by white people. It is very strong that even though they are considered American and were eventually helped issues can still be seen within America's nation.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Hurricane Katrina

This is an article on the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the racist undertones in the way it was handled by the US Government. It says how in the hardest hit areas of New Orleans 98% of people who lived there were Black. The Government's slow reaction was also seen in Hurricane Floyd in North Carolina, where there's a predominant Black community. This signifies that "the value of Black and working class life is subordinate to capitalist property and profits." The article shows the difference in wording in race when applied to the taking of food in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. They said that Black people "looted" and White people were "finders". The police were ordered to stop looking for survivors to stop the lawlessness. This suggests that stopping Black people from looting in order to get food to survive is more important than finding survivors, which wouldn't happen if the community was White. It also says how the slow evacuation was blamed on the Black people, as they said they refused to leave their homes, when it was actually because of poverty, unemployment and low wages that were the reasons they couldn't leave, showing the racist attitudes of the media and Government.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

"George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" Hurricane Katrina Issues

I found this issue and task very enjoyable this week the issues because i remember when the natural disaster first happened i remember the massive amount of controversy surrounding the events which seemed to sparked off during the fund raiser with Mike Myers and Kanye West said out of the blue that "George Bush doesn't care about black people". which people started to believe with the lack of help sent out to help the victims there. i have picked this website to show how this opinion how now spread and people started to believe this. the website i have picked is called things black people don't like and George bush is listed in here because of this and the video is amusing to watch as well because the other faces involved with the fund raiser were not expected it and the reaction of Mike Myers and Chris Tucker is very entertaining to watch. On the website there is allot about the issue and there are also people placing there opinions and thoughts on the page which is another interesting read.