After the movie ended, it sparked a heated discussion of race among my classmates. Most white kids felt that their opinion was necessary and deserved to be heard. My classmates, who a majority of are black, were more than upset at the few white kids speaking up. "You don't have a right to talk about our movie." Which I agree, they are correct.
Then, aside from all the discussion about race, my professor asked if the presentation of Smiley was offensive to people who have cerebral palsy. Almost every single student in the classroom said no it isn't. A girl in the back said, "As able-bodied people, we can't answer that question. If someone with cerebral palsy is offended by the way they are represented, we can't tell them they're wrong."
My fellow white classmates didn't say a single word after that.