Derek and Danny Vinyard

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Derek and Danny Vinyard, brothers,looked up to the wrong people. A very right-winged man managed to twist their thoughts and did the same thing to them that Hitler did to the masses. They and their fellows are feeling as a part of a community that is exploited by people who do not have the right to do so: Illegal immigrants, the Black, the Yellow and all the others who use their minority position to extract rights over the Whites from it - or so they are convinced. So, hatred against the "others" grows, and when it comes to a case of self-defense, Derek kills in rage, in hate, in thirst for blood. In jail, his eyes are opened and he can see the mistakes in the definition which made him a Nazi out of belief. For the most part, the majority of people respect those who are different either in color, race, and/or heritage; however, there are those few that hold racist views towards people who are different than they are. The movie American History X shows an example of people who hold racist views. Derek, a Neo-Nazi leader, must deal his actions relating to his past racist views and actions. This powerful movie explores its characters thoroughly and gives reasons why people turn towards a racist group. It also exposes insight to problems that plague America when it comes to racism in everyday life, from schoolyards to basketball courts.

The main characters are two brothers, Derek and Danny, and the way they became involved with the Neo-Nazism's ideas are different, yet the same. Derek the older of the two by five years, is first influenced by his late father. One night at the dinner table they discussed what he was reading in English and Derek told him Native Son. The dad had never heard of it and so Derek explained that it was black history month and so they were reading a book by a black author. His father did not like that very much and angrily talked that with affirmative action, and other such things, blacks were taking away from what was already established...
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