The Never Ending War Essay

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“We fight each other for territory; we kill each other over race, pride, and respect. We fight for what is ours. They think they’re winning by jumping me now, but soon they’re all going down, war has been declared.” Abuse, Pain, Violence, Racism and Hate fill the streets of Long Beach, California. Asians, Blacks, Whites and Hispanics filled Wilson High School; these students from different ethnic backgrounds faced gang problems from day to night. This movie contains five messages: people shouldn’t be judgmental because being open-minded allows people to know others, having compassion for a person can help people change their views in life, being a racist can only create hate, having the ...view middle of the document...

They believe they had to continue the fight that their ancestors started. Freedom Writers first portrays teenagers as students who do not know anything but how to survive on the street. They felt that war had been declared and they were killing each other over race, pride, territory and respect. Society had no compassion and was very judgmental towards the children for they had already given the children a sentence to be nothing but criminals. The school would not even provide materials for the students; the administrator felt that the students would only destroy them. They had no proper education for most of them they were on a 5th grade level. Having no compassion and being judgmental is ignorant because it takes the beauty out of life and only leaves hate behind.
Racism and education was another message in this movie. The children could not receive a proper education in school because they were too busy concentrating on hating each other’s race. Education is the key to life. Without having proper education people cannot find a job. If cannot find a job, they will not have money. Not having access to a job to make money the legal way will only cause a person to look for illegal ways to make money. Racism and crime in Long Beach California had been going on for some time. It had even trickled down from generation to generation affecting the younger crowd every day. When Mrs. Erin Gruwell discovers how much of their lives are influenced by racial prejudice, she introduces them to books like 'The Diary of Anne Frank'. She begins to educate them on the life of Anne Frank a process that culminates in the idea that each of them could relate to; for instance like Anne, they kept a journal of their innermost thoughts. By captivating gang affiliated students, Mrs. Erin Gruwell found a way to teach them and divert them from crime. Over time, these underachieving students begin to learn and bonded into a family. The children that once hated each other because of the color of the skin were united with education.
The fourth message that was portrayed in this film was the power of the human will/ goodness to benefit humanity .When people are is...

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