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American History X American History X is a profound and stirring drama about the consequences of urban racism as a family is torn apart by hate and racism The movie is made with an opening look at the very real weak point of racism in America The film follows Dereks Edward Norton struggle to reform himself and save his brother after living a life consumed by violence and racism The story unfolds through the eyes of Danny Vineyard Edward Furlong who idolizes his older brother Derek no matter what he does The movie starts off with Danny getting in trouble at school Danny who just happens to be a young skin head was sent to the principles office for turning in a school paper about Hitler titled Mein Kampf The principle decides that as his punishment Danny would have to write a paper on his older brother Derek Danny has to write about the events that took place that lead to his brothers incarceration included in this paper he has to talk about how those events effected who he is today Derek Vineyard was a straight A student in high school Derek was a perfectly normal child who developed to be one of the most notorious skinheads in his town The death of his father was a hard time in Dereks life that seemed to have triggered his hate for other races that were not white Derek showed good leadership skills and was easily able to round up more troubled kids to join the skinheads One night two black kids came to Dereks home to try to steal his car Danny warns Derek so of course Derek goes out to confront them Derek ends up killing both of the young black males thus resulting in his three year incarceration In prison Derek becomes friends with a black inmate which is the reason for him reforming Derek is raped and beaten by what her thought were
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