Sunday, April 17, 2011


A couple of days ago I witnessed something unsettling.......

As I pulled into work, one of my coworkers was standing outside of her vehicle surrounded by police crying.  I ran upstairs, went to my little morning meeting, and watched what little I could from the window regarding the drama outside.  When my coworker came upstairs, she was visibly shaken and upset.  I asked her if she was okay and she said yes then quickly went to work.  She was holding back  tears all day.

Finally she came up to me and said, do you know that all of that was over me not wearing my seat belt?  I got a $15 dollar ticket and a ton of embarrassment!  I asked her "all those cop cars came just for you not wearing your seat belt?"  Long story short, she is caucasion and her hubby is african american.  The cop who pulled her over said some things that were out of line.  He searched the vehicle, seperated them, questioned them seperatly while making false accusations, called for back up, did not find anything, so he gave her the ticket and then let them go.

She felt that they were treated so badly by the one officer because they were a mixed couple and clearly he had some race issues to deal with.  The other 2 officers called out, she said were nice and acted kind of ticked off that the other officer called them out and wasted their time.

It made me think of the movie "Crash".  If you have not seen this movie you need to!
This is the best movie!!!!!!  I think it should be required viewing for every human!  Here is some info about CRASH the best movie ever....
It revolves around race issues and all the different characters in the movie are some how connected.  You are less likely to judge a book by the cover after viewing this movie.  It requires us to dig deep within our selves and hopefully learn more about ourselves and the hidden prejudices we may posses.  We experience racism from the perpetrator's side as well as the victim.

Like I said above, I feel it should be required viewing for every HUMAN! 

Here is the trailer.  I hope for those who have not seen it you will rent/buy it!  I'd love to hear your thoughts about this movie!


  1. Thanks for sharing! I started watching this a while back and never got to finish it...I can't remember why. Def gotta check it out again. ;) LOVE Don Cheadle & Terrence Howard...two of my ALL-TIME favorite actors!

  2. Chantilly,
    You've got to watch it again! It is the best movie. I think you would love it....... especially being the activist you are when it comes to racism!! Thanks for commenting. Hope you get to watch it soon! Let me know when/if u see it. Would love to hear more of your thoughts on this movie and what you felt was the best part. I liked towards the ending with the latino dad and his child. Could NOT stop crying.
    Have a good weekend (well, whats left of it)

  3. Awww...I'll definitely be watching it soon. You know, this brings up something that I've been meaning to do for a while. I've been wanting to start reviewing films about racism on my blog to give readers an idea of what to watch if they want to learn more. I'm a true believer that films, books and life experiences can change our perceptions and stop racism...if we allow them to. I think I should start that soon. :)

  4. Chantilly,
    That sounds like a great idea! I think that would go over great and u should start it ASAP! I know i'd enjoy reading about it and watch the movies as well. Terrific idea amiga!

  5. I have never seen this movie. Always thought it had something to do with drugs, not racial prejudice. Now I'll definitely rent it, see if I can stream it off Netflix, so thanks for the recommendation. What happened to your co-worker is awful. Probably racial profiling at its best, right? I can't see recovering from an ordeal like that so easily. I hope she's better.

  6. Ezzy,
    I hope you get the chance to see it soon! It is really good! I remember when I first saw it I did not think it was about race either, but OH MY GOODNESS was i sucked into this movie! You'll love it (i hope). You've got to let me know when you watch it, what you thought of it!
    Thanks for commenting!!

  7. Definitely will. I love Chantilly's idea *hi, Chantilly*, that would be a great opportunity for discussion. So many books and movies I've probably not even heard of ... like this one!

  8. I can't believe that they're still cops like that in GA, that just makes me feel a little better about being in Mexico, I may have to deal with "mordidas" requests but, no racism.
    I am going to see if they have that movie here in Monterrey.

  9. Stephanie,
    oh yes mam, they are still around! especially in Georgia! most of them are on the up and up, but you do get ur occasional cop which i hate to say, tends to profile.......
    sad, i know!
    You've got to check out this movie! It is good! Let me know if you find it and what you thought of it!
    thanks for commenting!

  10. Oh my gosh! Thank you so much fo rthis post. I had been searching fo rthis movie for forever but couldnt recall the name. I am going to see if Netflix has it right now. Btw, I left your page open since this morning to make sure I didnt lose this info HA!

  11. Nooooo its not available on Netflix *SOB*

  12. Ms. Latina,
    So glad you visited my site! What a compliment that you left my page open so you wouldn't lose the info! That makes me feel super feliz! Gracias amiga!

    Are you kidding me that Netflix doesn't have it??? No way! They've gotta have it!!!! I'm in shock!!! Surely they have it! I am going to investigate for ya!

    Thanks for commenting!!!

  13. Ms. Latina,
    Guess what! I found it!! So if you are still interested here is a link to it on Netflix.

  14. It's the 1st movie shown on the page! =)