The 5 Most Unintentionally Racist Movies About Racism

By Julianne Hing Oct 26, 2009

Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts, writing for, compiles a list of the top five, well, read the title of this blog post! The whole thing is pretty damn funny, not least of all because Roberts skewers the well-meaning white liberal directors of these films, or as he calls them, "The Clueless White Guys Who Fucked It Up." Paraphrasing is no use. Here’s his quick breakdown of the infuriating film Crash:

The Aim: To shed a light on everyday prejudices and how quietly destructive they can be when left to simmer for too long. The Clueless White Guy Who Fucked It Up: Paul Haggis, creator of Walker, Texas Ranger. How He Fucked It Up: Haggis had his car stolen from him one night, and like most sane people who are robbed at gunpoint, he went home and wrote a sympathetic screenplay about his attackers. In Haggis’s case, "sympathetic" means he turned them into Heckle ‘n’ Jeckyl, and wrote everyone in the film to be shrill, stupid stereotypes hiding their prejudice under a thin veneer of sophistication. It won a ton of Oscars for being a thought-provoking and insightful look at prejudice in America. Seems almost impossible to concisely sum-up, right? There. That’s the essence of Crash, distilled into its purest form. I just saved you 90 minutes and a stress headache, without losing an ounce of subtlety and nuance. Plus it dramatically reduces unnecessary exposure to Sandra Bullock.

So what I want to know is, what films would RW readers add to Roberts’ list? Any of you ever catch that Sanaa Lathan flick Something New? Does Sascha Baron Cohen’s Borat qualify?