Many issues affecting politics take place behind closed doors. Some of the events that take place which influence political decisions can stem from sociological, cultural, and political issues. American Gangster does a great job of conveying how each of these issues effect different aspects of today’s government. In this movie, Denzel Washington’s character (Frank Lucas) demonstrates how sociological influence can be exploited to gain power and wealth. Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, a disciplined and intelligent black gangster, runs much of Harlem and imparts his wisdom onto his former driver turned right-hand man, Frank Lucas. Frank was there with Bumpy when he did all of his drug deals and thus Lucas started to learn the intricacies of the business and what it takes to be the head of a crime syndicate. Frank would soon not only learn how to do what was needed to be done, but how to increase his popularity and power in his community and immediate surrounding areas. Not far into the movie, Bumpy passes away from a heart attack and it becomes apparent to Frank that he is as qualified as any to take control of Harlem’s night life and crime scene. Frank uses his cousin in the army staff located in Bangkok, Thailand to gain more power and money. He executes a very expensive trade with them for a huge amount heroin that allows him to sell heroin which he brands “Blue Magic” at an inexpensive price relative to his competitors. He brings all of his family to Harlem to live in his newly purchased mansion and to help him run his business. Frank then takes his brother to a diner and demonstrates the power he has over the crime arena by killing a man who didn’t do business the way Frank requires. Frank uses his sociological power to influence people of all ranks in order to further his own agenda. This is a good example of how people can use fear, or any sociological factor, to gain and maintain power in a community. Politicians today use...
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