Reflecting on their own history with learning about racism, Nate and Ryan re-watch American History X. As it was for so many people (especially white men) their age, American History X served as one of the first visceral looks at racism in modern America. However, the rhetoric of Edward Norton’s Derek Vineyard which seemed so shocking 22 years ago is no longer relegated to the fringes of polite society. Listen to Nate and Ryan break down the movie’s legacy, its current role in the lives of white men, and the film’s unsettling depiction of Derek Vineyard as a charming, muscle-bound genius.
What’s your history with this movie? How much do you remember beyond the most shocking scenes? Where does this rank among Edward Norton’s performances? Let us know!
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American History X, Cinematic Manipulation, and Moral Conversion by Christopher Grau
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley
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Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson
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