Friday, January 16, 2009

American History X

A m e r i c a n H i s t o r y X
Some Legacies Must End American History X is 1998 movie of a neo-nazi skinhead and his brother who is following him on the same path- the path of hate. The tagline of this movie is: "His father taught him to hate. His friends taught him rage. His enemies gave him hope." The movie is partly shot in black and white and it gives it a classical look. The movie deals with the ideas of racism and white supermacism in the United States of America. References to the Aryan Brotherhood are quite clear. In one scene the protaganist avoids being called a young KKK.
The movie raises various serious questions such as whether affiramtive action is correct not in the context of the states but globally. Natives are feeling disillusioned with the globalization because it eventually hurting them. They are turning xenophobic. But the movie ends with a positive note with the narrator learning the truth behind the hate. The movie ends with narrator (who is now dead) quoting the conclusion of Abraham Lincoln's first inaugral address.
So what say you? What's next Freedom Writers?
And what about gang violence? What about xenophobia and affirmative action? you tell.


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