Derek, then jumps out of bed, in his boxers and exposes his built physique with a swastika tattoo on the left side of his chest. There were three cops there when he came out. Coming in here and poisoning my family's dinner with your Jewish, nigger-loving, hippie bullshit. He becomes angry at his sister and mother for buying into everything Mr. Its underlying structure is too apparent, and there are scenes where we sense the movie hurrying to touch its bases.
When the cellmate tries to stop them from escaping, Mr. We will probably never know the truth behind the controversy. Unconsciously he is probably attempting to possibly unite the American culture by making people understand both sides of racism. He's a fat racist, which makes him an , but you wonder why he sticks around. Following that, she asks him if he's crazy and runs off in anger. The scene is then shifted to Derek giving a speech to a group of youths who are also skinheads.
In this episode, is arrested for possessing stolen art and is chosen to run the nuclear plant—only to turn into a misanthropic slave driver when his subordinates begin taking advantage of his kindness. It's not long before the conversation leads to Derek's loss of composure. Derek begins to sob and says no. After about three years, Derek is released from prison and returns home to find that Danny has become a white supremacist as well. The film covers the transition from hatred to the gradual realization of the pointlessness of resentment, as well as the nature of racism.
Freud believed we were born with a clean slate which refers to our mind being born completely free from thoughts and ideas. However, Lamont then explains that he was given 6 years because an officer approached him while he was carrying the T. That he made this decision because he knew the audience of the film would be able to relate to the film more if the films representations match the representations that already psychologically occupy their mind. The father more plausibly could be a visiting uncle with whom Derek was not acquainted. California authorities indicated they would incorporate the facility into the California Institution for Men. While in prison, Derek's path to redemption begins, and although he remained racist, he eventually befriended Lamont, an African-American inmate who had to serve six years for stealing a television set and assault on a policeman he dropped it on, and he somewhat ironically would prove to be one of Derek's only true allies during his stay in prison: this friendship would put Derek at odds with the Aryan Brotherhood, a neo-Nazi prison syndicate, and it resulted in him being raped as a form of punishment.
Later on they corner him in the shower, smash his face against the wall, and then he is sodomized. Derek happens to be the crap out of his girlfriend at the time. Derek must save his younger brother from a similar fate. A deleted scene shows them hassling an interracial couple then being chased down. The experience each inmate makes individually can have an immense impact on their behaviour and mind-set in and outside prison walls. The symbol not only represents hatred but it also represents unity within a single race, domination, power, and superiority which are all very appealing to the audience.
His legacy started then and continued even throughout the time he spent in jail. Sweeney actually successively hated white people, then all of society and finally God for all the bad things he saw happen to black people under a racist system. He raises a gun and shoots Danny a number of times as blood spatters against the bathroom stall, he falls to the ground lifeless. Those who make such films seek to demonstrate that although Whites on the surface might appear civilized, there is a latent racial barbarism that can be aroused through manipulation. However, one can also argue that he purposely made this decision and it had nothing to do with his unconscious state.
He says someone else has already said it best. Lamont is friendly, and possesses a sharp sense of humor. After the beating, Derek awakens in the prison's medical ward. The thieves, members of the Crip gang, are trying to break into Derek's truck. An alternate ending features Derek shaving his head and giving a Nazi salute in response to Danny's murder. He is soon found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and sentenced to three years in prison.
We must not be enemies. Soon Lamont and Derek began to befriend each other and became good acquaintances. It is ironic how Derek was placed in jail for killing two African Americans but yet it is precisely an African American who ends up saving him in prison. Cultural relativism requires not only openness to unfamiliar values and norms but also the ability to put aside cultural standards we have known all our lives. However, he follows this up with a bunch of racist remarks directed at Derek's black teacher, showing that Dennis is arguing in bad faith without addressing the merit of the argument itself.
The director may indirectly be telling the audience that in the end being a racist person will not only necessarily harm others but it will also consume and harm the racist individual. While he's walking, the audience can sense the fear in Derek. In American History X it explores the neo-Nazi skinhead subculture in America. Danny, therefore, has joined Derek by also re-acquiring his status of a human being. The setting of the film takes place in Los Angeles, California. Shock Scenes: The Grocery Store, Dinner, and the Shooting Revisited The first stop in Danny's retrospective endeavour is a brutal scene designed to shock the audience. This paper looks at exemplary scenes of American History X with emphasis on how some means of film making are used to display the life-changing experiences that main protagonist Derek Vinyard encounters while being incarcerated.