偏见的信念导致人们基于他们的种族刻板印象的人。Vincent Parrillo定义了偏见的认知水平为“包括[ ]一个人的信仰，一个集团的恐吓或威胁的感知过程，小于或等于，隐逸或侵入，冲动喜人，贪婪，或拥有其他特性（帕里略积极或消极”505）。刻板印象是一种偏见的认知水平，它是通过后天的经验和印象。因此，刻板印象是内在偏见的外在表现。碰撞过程中，Jean Cabot和她的丈夫是走在街上一个有钱的邻居在晚上。Jean Cabot显然认为对丈夫的胳膊紧过安东尼和彼得，谁是非洲裔。这一行动，姬恩认为这两个黑人歹徒造成的，是一个明确的缩影，偏见的认知水平，正如Parrillo。让持有这些信仰作为对媒体曝光的结果，而缺乏对少数民族的真实的人。她没有接触到少数民族来自她的白人和富有的住宅和背景。
Prejudicial beliefs lead people to stereotype others based on their race. Vincent Parrillo defines cognitive level of prejudice as an “encompass[ment of] a person’s beliefs and perceptions of a group a threating or nonthreatening, inferior or equal, seclusive or intrusive, impulse gratifying, acquisitive, or possessing other positive or negative characteristics” (Parrillo 505). Stereotyping is a form of cognitive level of prejudice as it is acquired through experience and impressions. Hence, stereotypes are external expressions of inner prejudices. In Crash, Jean Cabot and her husband is seen walking down a street in a wealthy neighborhood at night. Jean Cabot visibly holds on to her husband’s arm tighter while passing Anthony and Peter, who are of African descent. This action, caused by Jean’s presumption that the two black males were gangsters, is a clear epitome of prejudice on the cognitive level, as explained by Parrillo. Jean holds these beliefs as result of exposure to the media, and lack thereof to real people of racial minorities. Her lack of exposure to minorities comes from her predominantly white and wealthy residence and background.