Our culture subconsciously andsometimes automatically labels others just by appearances.
People are quick tojudge and are unwilling to give first or second chances. Freedom Writers successfully demonstrates that aside from ouroutward appearance, our society and the citizens within are similar. Communitiesare often linked together by their shared experiences or alternatively, forcedapart strengthened by mass media. Mass media has the potential to influencesociety and change the relationship between stereotypical race and social classstructures positively or negatively. In the beginning of the movie, thestudents thought racism and gang violence were normal. By the end, the studentsfound their true identities and realized that they have more in common thanthey had originally thought. Opportunities were unlocked and stereotypicalperceptions were broken.
This message and story is used in schools all aroundthe United States because of society’s accessibility to mass media. Gruwell’s colleagues and studentscounted on her to fail. She constantly debated whether or not to continueteaching. Through patience and compassion, Gruwell overcame and perseveredthrough her failures. This theme shows how inaccurate gender norms are forworking women. Women usually make pennies on the dollar compared to men in theworkforce, yet are equally and sometimes more capable than men. This film was inspired by what took placeduring the time of the 1992 Rodney King riots.
A correlation could be made betweenmass media broadcasting the riots and spreading awareness drawing an emphasisfor change in and outside of the classroom. FreedomWriters makes its audience consider the realities of the rich stay rich andpoor remain poor idea. The school official’s value the honors students that aremade up of Caucasian students whom they make more destine to become successful.It is the honors students that are given the textbooks and materials when inreality, the standard level and minority students need it more to succeed. Doessociety allow upper class to be privileged and lower class to be unprivileged? Theway racial hostility, class differences and gender norms are broadcasted onmass media inarguably impact how groups of people are depicted in society forbetter or for worse.