He is given a job in the prison laundry and assigned to be the partner of Lamont, a black man who was serving six years for robbery and assaulting a police officer, although Lamont strongly implies that the latter was a trumped-up charge.
At first, Derek is silent and standoffish to Lamont, wanting nothing to do with a black man.
A fictional story told through they eyes of a youth who is being recruited in the white power movement, this film shows how racial hatred is part of American culture.
It also shows the means to which white people will go to maintain their privilege, particularly when they feel their institutional and cultural dominance being encroached upon.
Derek lies in the hospital wing after receiving several stitches to his face and anus.
He is visited by Sweeney, with whom he pleads for help to get out of prison. Upon leaving the hospital wing, Derek ignores the Aryan Brotherhood and Lamont warns him that by doing so, he is making it clear to all that he no longer has their protection and therefore "The Brothers", meaning the black gangs, will come for him.During the raid, then-fourteen year old Danny films the entire thing on a camcorder.At a later date, Derek's mother invites Murray, at the time her boyfriend, home for dinner, and the evening deteriorates into a heated argument centered around Rodney King and the 1992 Los Angeles riots, culminating in Derek assaulting their sister Davina (who holds democratic views), Murray leaving, and Derek's mother kicking Derek out.Critics mostly praised the film and Norton's performance, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.In September 2008, Empire magazine named it the 311th-greatest movie of all time. Bob Sweeney refuses to expel Danny, instead telling Danny that he will study history in terms of current events under his own direction or else be expelled, and that the class will be called American History X.Sweeney informs him of Danny's involvement with the D. C., and warns that he is on the same path as Derek. Derek admits he knows this but replies that if they're going to come for him, there's nothing he can do about it. He spends the remainder of his time in prison alone, reading books that Sweeney sends him. - frequently visits their house and openly berates and disrespects the female members of the Vinyard family whilst simultaneously grooming Danny.He says that his help is not free, and will need to be repaid by Derek's active decrying of the D. On his morning of release, he bids goodbye to Lamont and says that he thinks that Lamont may be the reason for him not getting attacked. Both Seth and Danny are being closely controlled by Cameron.is also an important film because, if examined closely, it shows the interconnection of oppressions.The culture that allows for racial hatred also enforces gender roles and requires violence to enforce all aspects of its hierarchy. The violence is not gratuitous, but rather is used to make the viewer understand a disturbing piece of reality.The same world-view that allows for the devaluation based on skin color, requires a culture of dominance that permeates all aspects of life. The whole movie will feel like an assault on your senses. As Unitarian Universalists, this film asks us to grapple with the theological concepts of hate and evil, as they are embodied in our world today.This film comes with a serious caution to the facilitator. There are a number of scenes that depict gruesome murders, in detail. Please make sure that you provide for the pastoral resources and support necessary to deal with this kind of subject matter.