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One of the adolescents escapes while Derek smashes the cranium of one of the adolescents against the pavement. This is a movie about racism. It is also about the effects of racism on the psyches of Danny and Derek Vinyard. Derek gets convicted for assaulting the black adolescents and is sent to prison for three years. This movie is a perspective of the multiplying effect of racial animosity and how it can cause a person to overreact.
While incarcerated, Derek adopts a nationalistic white supremacist posture. The element which adds interest to this cinematic work is that Derek is intelligent and articulate. Derek believes that Americans should be given opportunities to work. Derek articulates this point to such a degree that he motivates the adolescents in the neighborhood to attack and rampage through a Korean grocery establishment. Derek justifies this by stating that the Korean establishment should have hired at least one or two Americans rather than hire forty Mexican migrant workers. The quote from the book titled: Higher Learning in America 1980- 2000 which states: “It is a generation which defines itself more by its differences than its similarities” (Levine, 1993 p 336) applies again when Derek in confronted in the correctional facility and is rescued from white supremacists who sexually assault him. Derek is rescued by a black man who later becomes his friend and coworker in the correctional facility laundry. This black man who ironically saves Derek from members of his own race who sexual assault him is named Lamont (Guy Torry). In this part of the movie titled : American History X, it is demonstrated that there are two sides to every story. The quote from the book titled: Higher Learning in America 1980- 2000 by Arthur Levine which states: “It is a generation more defined by its differences than its similarities” (Levine 1993 p 336) becomes more and more
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The film is fast paced and uses a lot of flashback scenes to explore the story. The story could be termed predictable as it deals with familiar subjects of gangs, racial tension, and a back-from-the-brink plot. The story unfolds through the elements of hate and insecurity, idealized sibling relationship.
Along the way he meets many characters that symbolize temptations and distractions that would keep him from accomplishing his goal of reaching the Celestial City (Bunyan, 7). One of these characters is the muckraker or Man with the Muck Rake. In the story, the muckraker can only look down at the filth upon the floor that he is tasked with cleaning.
America in his mind is the greatest nation and perhaps the only nation that provides this type of guaranteed freedom. All you really have to do, according to Hoover, is survey the greatness of America to see that our system of liberal individualism is a rousing success.
He was not a radical in the beginning. He was simply looking for a successful way to meet the needs of his people in a decent way. Calling it evolutionary is an adequate description, because it shows that over time simple ideas became a part of what later could become an ideology.
The first image that appears against the black background of the credits is the American flag, bright and colorful, but it appears flat and still, as if the audience is intended to see it a dead symbol, and not a fluttering reality. The film moves into a black and white scene of a mob attacking an individual, while the voiceover complains about the crimes of the white man, who destroys all that is good in the world.
His father also used to raise the cause of black women in America, who were sexually abused by white men in the centuries gone by. This is the reason, Malcolm explains, his mother (a mulatto) marries his much darker father, as a way of removing the stain of ‘whiteness’ from the progeny.
Apparently, two black people were breaking into the only asset that Derek’s father left him, a car. Derek, who has become the leader of Neo Nazi movement in Venice Beach storms out with a pistol and kills the two men. Derek is guilty of murder and imprisoned for three years.
According to Robert Sklar, this is because the nature of the movie tended to get its origin from the Jewish immigrants (21). Secondly, the audiences watching the movie, in front of the television consisted merely of the working class individuals who were in huge numbers.