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Giving more insights about how racist ideologies are born or even transmitted from one generation to another is probably the main mission of this movie. This is definitely a movie about racism which does not follow the traditional way Hollywood has of showing the victim’s side of the story. The audience of this movie will be attached, this time, to the racist’s point of view, thanks to the help various film elements and a literary design that are used to force the viewer to empathize and maybe even like the hero/bad guy of the story.
On the tape of an interview Derek gives after the murder of his father, he tells what he believes to be the reason behind the tragedy. He affirms that people ...view middle of the document...

He will then tell the story of how his brother started to make it a safer place again.
The audience is then inside Denny’s head thanks to an introduction made by a voice-over narration as one can see shots of his neighborhood followed by a flash back in black and white. It is the match for the control of the basketball court. One can hear the sound design of an epic battle, and his one is between black men and white men. The orchestra goes almost silence when the black men score and it almost explodes when it’s the white men’s turn. The aerial shots and the slow motion bring more excitement and emotion to this battle ground atmosphere. If one starts to watch this movies now, he or she will have no difficulty finding out that they are supposed to support – believe it or not - the white guy with a swastika tattooed on his chest. The racist claim made here by Danny is that more black people in a neighbourhood means more social problems. This claim is quite similar to the one that puts the blame on de fall of Detroit on the rise of its black population; however, the only way poor people has to move into a rich neighborhood is if the rich people already established in this neighbourhood move out, thus allowing the housing price to go down, and another problem that just makes things even worse is that educated people are the first ones to find better job opportunities elsewhere when things go bad. The point is that the whole movie goes on offering an experience such as watching a 10 min Nike shoes commercial-and the basketball court’s scene has a lot of the film elements of a Nike commercial, - followed by a 30 seconds reportage on child labor in a shoe factory in Asia.
Before the scene of the invasion of a local grocery store, for instance, Derek gives what one would call a real political speech as one given by some tea party’s politicians. Throughout the speech, Derek supports his ideas with big numbers thrown out of context, much like the way so many politicians do: two million illegal immigrants living in California, four hundred million spend with the incarceration of illegal immigrants, and all the money spent with illegal immigrants who have access to social services. Derek is the center of the attention here, one can hear only the sound of crickets and cicadas on the background which helps to place the event in a moment late at night. The viewers have to pay attention to Derek’s...

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