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 street of Long Beach California. Asians, Blacks, Whites and Hispanics where the students that made up Wilson High school; students from different ethnic backgrounds facing affiliated gang problems from day to night. This movie contains four messages: Non judgmental, compassion, the power of the human will/goodness to benefit humanity, and education.
Non judgmental and Compassion was a message in this movie. Mrs. Erin Gruwell had no idea of what she gotten herself into when she volunteered to be an English teacher at Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, a highly gang affiliated high school in Long Beach, California. Her students are separated along racial lines and have few aspirations beyond street survival. Erin Gruwell saw more to the students than gang members. She saw what no one else could see, she was non judgmental and had compassion for the students. Being that it was her first year teaching, in the beginning the students saw her as a “babysitter”, and they hated her because she was white. Teenagers in Long Beach California thought it was their destiny to become gang members with their respective race. They believed to continue the fight that their ancestors started. During this time they felt like they were being force education by the government to go to school with different races they hate. Freedom Writers first portrays teenagers as students who don’t 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 already given the children a sentence to be nothing or nobody but criminals. As for the school wouldn’t even provide materials for the student; they felt that they would only destroy them. They had no proper education for most of them they were on a 5th grade level. 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; like Anne they kept a journal of their innermost thoughts. With captivating the student with gang affiliated crimes Mrs. Erin Gruwell found a way to teach them. Over time these...

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