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White supremacy is the social economic and political repression and exploitation of colored peoples by white people based on notions of racial superiority Websters White supremacists are people who are embedded in these beliefs and are motivated to act upon them In the movie American History X we can see a prime example of white supremacy As we have all seen in the news white supremacists commit crimes These crimes are driven by their beliefs and most often hate What is a hate crime Dr Jack Levin a renowned professor from Northeastern University defines it best Three or four teenage boys have nothing to do They walk into a neighborhood where they know the enemy lives One of them takes a baseball bat and bludgeons the victim and the others join in Thats a hate crime Hill B1 Dr Levin goes on to define the enemy as individuals who are differentiated by religion culture ethnicity or sexual orientation Hill B1 In January 2003 three National Guardsmen in Medford Oregon Andrew Lee Patterson 24 Aaron St James 26 and James Ritchie 21 committed such hate crimes By comparing American History X and the crimes committed in Medford we can see that white supremacy breeds hate and violence The main character in American History X Derek Vinyard played by Edward Norton and the three Guardsmen all had a similar upbringing Derek was a young white boy growing up in Venice Beach California He grew up in a white suburban middle class neighborhood The three Guardsmen all were raised in similar homes although James Ritchies family history was more violent Ritchies father was a strict disciplinarian and he raised him in a do as I say or not at all world He was violently beaten at age 12 by a group of three black teenagers with baseball bats The police report says that he was chased and beaten for at least 45 minutes He spent 2 weeks in
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