American History X By Tom Kaye Essay

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Introduction “American History X” was directed by Tom Kaye and released 1998. It is a story “partly based on the life of reformed skinhead Frank Meeink, who served three years in prison for charges related to white supremacist beliefs; now an accomplished anti-skinhead author and lecturer.” (Sean Hutchinson; Mental Floss, 2015) The setting is Venice Beach near Los Angeles, California 1998, where an increasing number of foreigners chose to reside after immigrating into the United States. Wikipedia has described it as a neighborhood “moderately diverse ethnically, but having a high percentage of white people. The breakdown was whites, 64.2%; Latinos, 21.7%; blacks, 5.4%; Asians, 4.1%, and others, 4.6%. Mexico (38.4%) and the United Kingdom (8.5%) were the most common places of birth for the 22.3% of the residents who were born abroad—considered a low figure for Los Angeles.” (Wikipedia) The film begins with Danny being tasked to write a class paper entitled “American History X”; analyzing and interpreting the events surrounding his brother Derek’s incarceration and explaining how these events helped to shape his present perspective concerning life in contemporary America and the impact on his life and his family’s. The film is narrated by Danny as he begins to write about Derek, the creator of a violent white supremacy group called the D.O.C; Disciples of Christ. While in prison, Derek discovers the good and bad in every race and he renounces the movement after he is…

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