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Structures and Relations of a Border Town
In the film Lone Star by writer, director John Sayles, a human penchant for white superiority reign over a small border town in Texas. The town simulates a family connation patriarchy as in biblical terms, “No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.” (Genesis 17:5) The film set on a fictitious town, Frontera where white supremacy applies subjective injustice, inferiority upon it’s inhabits of a diverse collective of families and individuals. Its patriarchs control the ambiance in the town, unwelcome change to protect its ideology. For a small town it is perhaps necessary for daily life to replicate that “family” pleasantry feel but the inevitability of patriarchy dominance imposes on the general advancement of its society consequently forming complex social issues, as it does in Lone Star, with past secrets, indifference immorality, social design, and generation differences.

In every family it is inevitable that there are secrets, untold instances, that if told can bring consequences to them. Thus, a small town simulating as a family holds the same perspectives of untold secrets. For instance, the film takes the story to the 1990s where a 40-year secret surfaces that is a murder on the town’s patriarch, Charlie Wade whose style of law turned corrupt on his fellow man heaping benefits, then shot by a adoring deputy. Reality of small border-town family secrets exist such as, in 1993 horrifying news of 300 women slain discovered in the desert between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. New of this remain silent in the town’s major newspaper the El Paso Times however in 2007 14 years later the news airs in national cable television. (Wikipedia article under “Female homicides in Ciudad Juarez.”) In a family whether it be a town, state, or a nation, secrets remain unspoken of for many years, especially those that invoke...