Racial prejudice is one of the main themes. At the start of this movie, we can see one of the movie's main characters, Remy, who is an outcast and misfit, ignored by another students. We also find Kristen, who has a little bit racial discrimination and isn't sure of her own identity yet, and Malik, who is an African American confused about his own identity. Each of them ironically share some of the same prejudices toward each other and others. Each of them value some of the same things about life but do not realize they have anything in common.
When Malik gets on the elevator and meets Kristen by chance, Kristen reflexively grabs her bag, even though they have never seen each other. Malik notices and shakes his head to himself, accustomed to the scenario. This is the introduction to racial tension in the movie. The point that we should consider is why Kristen did that. If she had personally had a bad experience with a black person, it would be understandable. But what is more likely is that Kristen had the fear of being alone with a black man because of her preconceived bias and her lack of relationships with black people in her primarily caucasion neighborhood near Disneyland.
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The police do this without surveying the scene objectively and taking into consideration the situational circumstances. All of the security personnel are white men and they only doubt a black person's behavior. They try to help Remy, who is a murderer, because they automatically assume the white man's innocence. Additionally, even after Remy pulls a gun on them, they are more concerned that Remy is O.K. and that he does not hurt himself then they are about punishing him. There is much sympathy for Remy even as he is committing a crime. Contrast that to the way they immediately treat Malik like a criminal even though he is emotionally distraught that his girlfriend was just killed.
Also, in a previous situation when Remy pulls a gun on his Jewish roommate David and on Malik when Malik stands up for David, David is screaming to security "You have the wrong guy!" as they hold down Malik and let Remy run away. They don't listen to David, the Jewish minority, and continue to hold down Malik, the black minority. Remy gets away and is never pursued or apprehended, even when they find a Nazi symbol in Remy's room and the book he was reading about white supremacy. They just shake their head and smirk and dismiss it as inconsequential. If Remy had been pursued and arrested at that point then no other crimes would have been committed. I think these scenes reflect on the discrimination of black people and other minorities by people in positions of authority, including government positions. For example, we have seen and listened from the media about police officers hitting black men whether they are really guilty of a crime (and dangerous) or not. This situation is caused by the