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When I was first given this assignment, I would have to say that I have never been more uninterested in doing homework in my life. I've never been interested in history of any kind, which would explain my failures to participate in class and so when I first stepped into the Museum of Tolerance I didn't expect it to make me want to learn and I certainly did not expect one museum visit to change my whole perspective on what human life used to be. But it has in a way I never could have imagined.At the Museum of Tolerance, the first thing I saw was a mini-video that had clips of an interview with William Pierce who wrote "The Turner Diaries," which was found in Timothy McVeigh's possession when he was arrested. The video also had clips of groups of African-American men making stereotypical remarks toward the white-Americans. They spoke of how for every black man who didn't have a gun, there was a white man with at least one gun. This is obviously a stereotype because not every white man owned a gun. The leader of the group, whose name I did not catch, had even said that he "wished they would show movies with white men being killed to the point where the blood flowed into the popcorn." This particular clip had a huge effect on me. I've heard of African-Americans being oppressed by the white-Americans since they created slave codes of the pre-civil war era that were later replaced by segregation laws and practices to discriminate against the blacks. But I never realized that the African-Americans of today still feel now, the way the African-Americans of that time felt towards the white-Americans.Then I went into an area that was called "The Point of View Diner." It was a video clip of this scenario: There's a radio disc jockey named Bostic who has a radio show where he constantly uses hate speech. He wasn't just speaking discriminately towards minorities, but also towards women. Bostic would say stuff like how only pretty women could pass his "elevator test." He said if he wouldn't mind being stuck in an elevator with a girl, she was pretty. And everyone that didn't fit under that category, he would insinuate that they were cows by playing a "mooing" sound. He also made fun of African-Americans and their "Ebonics." The video clip starts out with a husband and wife eating breakfast. The husband is listening to Bostic's radio show and the wife is asking him to turn it off because she's disgusted with the way he talks about women. The husband responds by telling her that Bostic is right in what he says and that he isn't turning it off. The scene changes and it shows the husband at a diner with a few of his friends who are also listening to the radio show. The owner of the diner is talking to the security guard, when the guys start cracking jokes about African-Americans. The security guard and the owner, who are African-American, are offended, but the owner decides that the guys are just having an off day because he's served them before and they didn't...

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