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American History X Doris perspective By Rachel Jones This is a movie about a mother Doris who has four children The movie is based around her two sons Derrick and Danny Derrick is the oldest an A student who thrives for knowledge Danny her younger son worships the ground his older brother walks on Life is turned upside down at the kitchen table one breakfast morning when her husband questions the fact that Derrick has to read a book by a black author and more importantly that a black man his teacher wants him to read and report on it Dad tells Derrick that he should Ace the test but dont swallow the garbage that is fed to him he goes on to say how blacks and whites will never be equal because they are not equal Apparently this type of preaching went on quite a bit because all hell breaks loose when dad dies in the line of duty at a crack house used by blacks Derrick becomes a skinhead by getting involved with a man Cameron who manages to twist their thoughts and used the same techniques with them as Hitler did Doris becomes afraid of her son it seems like everyday he gets more out of control she even goes on to tell him Im ashamed that you came out of my belly Derrick kills two black teenagers who he had a dispute with earlier at a basketball game for trying to rob his car Danny witness this but refused to testify against him Derrick gets three years for manslaughter and comes out of prison a different man Derricks differences of opinion began to change when he is forced to spend time with a black convict who he learns to relate to and who also saves Derricks life Derricks difference of opinion is displayed when he finds out that Cameron has his hooks in his younger brother Danny who is following
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