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Too Little Too Late The story of American History X follows an intelligent young man named Derek Vinyard and his decline into the world of disillusion and hate known as White Supremacy Once a thoughtful and easy-going teen he soon begins his change when his father is shot and killed by a black man while trying to put out a fire at an alleged crackhouse Derek becomes a smart articulate and an utterly committed monster who assumes a leadership role in the white supremacist movement of suburban Los Angeles Alienated young men including Dereks younger brother Danny respond to his hate and are eager to act out against anyone who isnt white and Protestant or the people who they think are plaguing society by their mere existence While the local movement grows Dereks soul withers further and further away polluted more and more by hate This moral deterioration culminates when Derek kills two out of the three black gang members trying to steal the truck that use to be his fathers This act of rage and hate lands Derek in jail where he would soon come to a realization that would surely undo what his environment had taught him In jail Derek is quick to try an develop friendships with those involved in similar beliefs as him alertly knowing it was the right way to go if he planned on remaining alive This was the only reason needed to lead Derek right towards the white supremacists who provided him with protection that came as a result of their prison gang Fresh from the streets Derek was set in his beliefs beliefs that stemmed from his learning of bigotry at the kitchen table to the words of a radical hatemonger Cameron who flourished by subjecting alienated youth to the easy answers provided from neo-Nazism However Derek was becoming disgruntled at his fellow skinheads for their associations outside the group and was building relationships
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