Film review: American History X
"American History X" was directed by Tony Kaye in 1998 and with Edward Norton and Edward Furlong starring as the Vinyard neo-Nazi brothers, and Avery Brooks as the strict but benign Afro-American principal Dr. Bob Sweeney. The movie was and probably still is the most famous anti-racism movie that Hollywood has spewed out.
"American History X" is a somewhat disturbing story about a former neo-Nazi skinhead named Derek Vinyard, who after 3 years of being jailed has seen the error of his ways, and upon his return home he notices that his younger brother Danny had also taken up neo-Nazism because of Derek's influence on him, and then he tries to steer Danny away from the dark path of life, which had already led Derek to brutally kill two 'black guys' who were trying to steal his truck in revenge of them losing in a basketball-match.
The name of the movie comes from a class Danny was forced to take because he wrote a questionable essay on Hitler's autobiography, Mein Kampf. During the "American History X"-classes Danny was pitched up 1on1 against the school principal Sweeney and forced to write about his big brother Derek, and Derek's influence on him. From those sessions sprung up black-and-white recollections of the past, which towards the end of the movie had made Danny realize that any kind of discrimination based on skin tone, race or nationality was just plain stupid.
All-in-all "American History X" was an eye-opening movie experience and a real positive budge towards anti-racism.