American History X
Racism can be seen day to day and through various forms and avenues. It's very rare to watch a news program, read a paper or magazine, or participate in a political discussion without a reference to racism. “White Rage” has many forms: from the display of the KKK to the shaved heads and swastikas of today's imitations of Hitler. This particular social topic is not limited to the United States. It is a worldwide phenomenon, with prominence in every "civilized" country. To this day one of the most powerful films about modern-day race hatred has been the film American History X. It's virtually impossible to watch the film and not be deeply affected. The film has the capacity to disturb. It recognizes that, when it comes to racial and ethnic hatred, no one has the answers or a solution. American History X does not easily dismiss the rhetoric of pro-white ...view middle of the document...
He was known to have a dedicated hatred towards everyone that was not a white Protestant. American History X is not a comprehensive look at racism, hatred, or inner city violence. Instead it gives a examination and a glimpse of present day racism.
This film deals with race in many ways. However, there is one instance that captures the demonstration of racism very well. In the film, the main character (Edward Norton) is a white supremacist. Even though he dislikes any race that is not white, he seems to have a very strong hatred towards African Americans. Norton displays this dislike throughout the movie. For example, in one scene two African Americans attempt to steal his car. While many would call the police, Norton takes matters into his own hands and “curb stomps” one of the perpetrators. This scene alone shows the intensity of the hatred of African Americans that Norton has developed. He felt that the perpetrator needed to be “made an example of” and “put into his place”. This can be linked to racism as far back as 80 years ago. African Americans were viewed as very low class and therefore not human; they were treated according to these statements. The displays that Norton puts on correlates to the way African Americans were treated during slavery. They were viewed as second class, property, chattel, and of much lower standard than whites.
In conclusion, American History X is a film that demonstrates racism. The hatred shown in the movie can be linked to the same hatred during the days of slavery. While the film does show the expression of hatred towards all non-white races, African Americans in general are singled out. The film shows how they are viewed through the eyes of white supremacist and others alike. It shows the way that African Americans are treated today. It violently demonstrates the fact that even today, African Americans are still viewed as low class and are not of the same standard as whites. It is a shame to see that racism still exists today; especially since the knowledge of the slavery era and imperialism era are now somewhat well known.