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American History X David McKenna wrote the book and the story was awesome I think that every one should read the book rather than see the movie It makes one think about the way people act toward and treat other people based upon their beliefs I now understand that there are different paths that a person can take in their life different choices one can make Even though mistakes have been made in the past and although the past can never be changed its never to late to try to change the direction of the present to focus on the good and strive for a brighter future for all The story begins with a white teenage boy who has a black history teacher The teacher is encouraging the boy Derrick to read books about multi-racial people One evening at the dinner table Derrick begins to tell his family about his teacher and the books he is reading When his father hears this he becomes very upset In reaction to this he tells Derrick not to listen to his teacher if he was going to make him read he should be reading books about White history he says The father then gave the family a lesson on White power and how White makes right the KKK the Aryan Brotherhood Wotanism and so on In effect how Coloreds are lower forms of life no higher than any other animal and should be treated with a little or no respect Derrick thought about what his father had said but never really put those thoughts into action Then one day while his father was putting out a fire in the ghetto he was a fire fighter he was shot and killed by a crack dealer and yep you guessed it the dope man was black After that Derrick dealing with the pain of the loss of his father began to follow in his fathers
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