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23rd May '16 6:03:09 PM Fireblood
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Derek loves his family. He turned to Neo-Nazism from grief over his father. Even in his most militantly racist, he's around to "protect" his mother from a liberal, Jewish suitor. Deconstructed, as he may love his mother, but the mother in question despises him for his racist actions and spitefully tells how [[IHaveNoSon she is ashamed that he came out of her body]]. They reconcile later on as Derek loses his Neo-Nazi ways, though.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The neo-Nazis all assume that prison messed with Derek's head or that he's scared of revenge for the murder he went to prison for.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Derek loves his family. He turned to Neo-Nazism from grief over his father. Even in his most militantly racist, he's around to "protect" his mother from a liberal, Jewish suitor. Deconstructed, {{Deconstructed}}, as he may love his mother, but the mother in question despises him for his racist actions and spitefully tells how him that [[IHaveNoSon she is she's ashamed that he came out of her body]]. They reconcile later on as Derek loses his Neo-Nazi ways, though.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The neo-Nazis Neo-Nazis all assume that prison messed with Derek's head or that he's scared of revenge for the murder he went to prison for.



* GangstaStyle: {{Deconstructed}}. Ironically, Seth points a gun at Derek this way. Turns out to be as hilariously impractical as it is in RealLife, as Derek easily disarms him.

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* GangstaStyle: {{Deconstructed}}.Deconstructed. Ironically, Seth points a gun at Derek this way. Turns out to be as hilariously impractical as it is in RealLife, as Derek easily disarms him.



** Derek criticizes the Aryan Brotherhood for compromising their beliefs by dealing with ethnic gangs while he himself happily talks basketball with Lamont. Though his opening up to Lamont was depicted as part of his HeelFaceTurn and took place long after the Brotherhood leader told him to stop preaching about racial separation.

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** Derek criticizes the Aryan Brotherhood for compromising their beliefs by dealing with ethnic black and Latino gangs while he himself happily talks basketball with Lamont. Though his opening up to Lamont was depicted as part of his HeelFaceTurn and took place long after the Brotherhood leader told him to stop preaching about racial separation.



* ImportantHaircut: Derek shaves his head when he becomes a skinhead. Danny wears his hair cropped very short when he comes under the sway of the skinheads. Inverted later on when Derek grows his hair out to demonstrate his disaffection with the Neo-Nazis.

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* ImportantHaircut: Derek shaves his head when he becomes a skinhead. Danny wears his hair cropped very short when he comes under the sway of the skinheads. Inverted {{Inverted}} later on when Derek grows his hair out to demonstrate his disaffection with the Neo-Nazis.



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: When Danny stops to watch a near fight at a basketball game[[note]]among a bunch of black guys, one of whom Danny had tangled with earlier[[/note]], it seems to continue the story of Danny's RealTime difficulties with some black kids at his school. Then [[IronicEcho we learn that it mirrors the basketball game that preceded the attempted robbery that sent Derek to prison]].

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: When Danny stops to watch a near fight at a basketball game[[note]]among game[[note]]Among a bunch of black guys, one of whom Danny had tangled with earlier[[/note]], earlier.[[/note]], it seems to continue the story of Danny's RealTime difficulties with some black kids at his school. Then [[IronicEcho we learn that it mirrors the basketball game that preceded the attempted robbery that sent Derek to prison]].



** Sweeney also says this is why he understands Derek so well. Sweeney actually successively hated white people, then all of society and finally God for all the bad things he saw happen to black people by a racist system. He eventually realized that hatred from whatever direction didn't solve anything, only contributed to the problem.

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** Sweeney also says this is why he understands Derek so well. Sweeney actually successively hated white people, then all of society and finally God for all the bad things he saw happen to black people by under a racist system. He eventually realized that hatred from whatever direction didn't solve anything, only contributed to the problem.



* ParentWithNewParamour: Type 3. Oh so much. It doesn't help that he's Jewish, and dating the mother of a skinhead leader..

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* ParentWithNewParamour: Type 3. Oh so much. It doesn't help that he's Jewish, and dating the mother of a skinhead leader..Neo-Nazi...



* PsychologistTeacher: Dr. Sweeney chose to be the principal of a Venice Beach high school despite his high credentials and is a law enforcement liason on the local youth gang activity. He is familiar enough with the Vinyard family that he goes through some effort to turn the two sons Derek and Danny away from their Neo-Nazi racism, but he makes it clear that [[DeconstructedTrope he's not a saint]]; his help is not unconditional and the Vinyards ultimately have to effect their own salvation.

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* PsychologistTeacher: Dr. Sweeney chose to be the principal of a Venice Beach high school despite his high credentials and is a law enforcement liason liaison on the local youth gang activity. He is familiar enough with the Vinyard family that he goes through some effort to turn the two sons Derek and Danny away from their Neo-Nazi racism, but he makes it clear that [[DeconstructedTrope he's [he's not a saint]]; saint; his help is not unconditional and the Vinyards ultimately have to effect their own salvation.



* ShutUpHannibal: Via a punch to the mouth
* {{UsefulNotes/Skinheads}}

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* ShutUpHannibal: Via a punch to the mouth
mouth.
* {{UsefulNotes/Skinheads}}{{UsefulNotes/Skinheads}}: The film focuses on the Neo-Nazi kind.



* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Derek gets this feeling after returning home from prison. He is a changed person who does no longer fit in with his former skinhead gang and their racists ideology.
* StrawHypocrite: The Aryan Brotherhood in prison is shown to make use of racist imagery, while not actually believing in it themselves. It's left a bit ambiguous whether the alliance their leader makes with Mexican gangs is a case of PragmaticVillainy or hypocrisy, but it's shown either way that he doesn't care about the hateful ideology he pretends to speak for.
* StupidCrooks: Lamont is hesitant to tell Derek about how he got in prison because it was by robbing a TV store... [[DonutMessWithACop next to a donut shop]]. However, this leads into a darker reveal when Lamont tells Derek that the racist cops conspired to get him a very harsh sentence because the stolen TV that Lamont was holding accidentally fell on one of the officer's feet, and they wanted payback.

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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Derek gets this feeling after returning home from prison. He is a changed person who does no longer fit fits in with his former Neo-Nazi skinhead gang and their racists racist ideology.
* StrawHypocrite: The Aryan Brotherhood in prison is shown to make use of racist imagery, while not actually believing in it themselves. It's left a bit ambiguous whether the alliance their leader makes with Mexican gangs is a case of PragmaticVillainy or hypocrisy, but it's shown either way that he doesn't care about the hateful ideology he pretends to speak for.
for (in real life it may be the latter, as they originally allied against the black gangs).
* StupidCrooks: Lamont is hesitant to tell Derek about how he got in prison because it was by robbing a TV store... [[DonutMessWithACop next to a donut doughnut shop]]. However, this leads into a darker reveal when Lamont tells Derek that the racist cops conspired to get him a very harsh sentence because the stolen TV that Lamont was holding accidentally fell on one of the officer's feet, and they wanted payback.



* TroubledSympatheticBigot: The two main characters join a skinhead gang after their father was killed by an African American. The rest of the movie deals with their struggling with [[spoiler:and eventually rejecting]] their bigotry.
* TwistEnding: After heavy implication that the skinheads are plotting to exact revenge on Derek, [[spoiler:Danny is shot by the Chekhovs Gunman]].

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* TroubledSympatheticBigot: The two main characters join a skinhead gang after their father was killed by an African American.African-American. The rest of the movie deals with their struggling with [[spoiler:and eventually rejecting]] their bigotry.
* TwistEnding: After the heavy implication that the skinheads Neo-Nazis are plotting to exact revenge on Derek, [[spoiler:Danny is shot by the Chekhovs Gunman]].
12th May '16 2:58:31 PM eroock
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* DeadManWriting: The ending.



* EpilogueLetter: The ending.
24th Feb '16 5:27:23 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''American History X''''' is a crime drama film made in 1998.

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'''''American ''American History X''''' X'' is a crime drama film made in 1998.
5th Feb '16 8:24:41 PM redandready45
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* SurroundedByIdiots: In a deleted scene, Cameron asks Seth to deliver racist materials. Seth decides [[NonSequitur he wants to make a musical comedy]]. The look on Cameron's face says it all.
16th Jan '16 10:37:11 AM Whipsmart
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* TwoFirstNames: Cameron Alexander and Seth Ryan.
9th Jan '16 1:42:50 PM bjshipley1
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** Derek criticizes the Aryan Brotherhood for compromising their beliefs by dealing with ethnic gangs while he himself happily talks basketball with Lamont.

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** Derek criticizes the Aryan Brotherhood for compromising their beliefs by dealing with ethnic gangs while he himself happily talks basketball with Lamont. Though his opening up to Lamont was depicted as part of his HeelFaceTurn and took place long after the Brotherhood leader told him to stop preaching about racial separation.
21st Dec '15 1:51:30 AM Mdumas43073
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''American History X'' is a drama film made in 1998.

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''American '''''American History X'' X''''' is a crime drama film made in 1998.
26th Nov '15 2:15:06 AM Shadowgazer
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** Derek himself also counts. His actions as a skinhead range from genuinely homicidal to [[PsychopathicManchild purely childish]]: stomping a black man's skull, choking his sister by shoving meat down her throat, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pouring milk on a nonwhite woman's face to "turn her into a white person"]]...

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** Derek himself also counts. His actions as a skinhead range from genuinely homicidal to [[PsychopathicManchild purely childish]]: stomping a black man's skull, choking his sister by shoving meat down her throat, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pouring milk on a nonwhite woman's face to "turn her into a white person"]]...person"...
8th Sep '15 5:29:26 PM Whipsmart
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* AlliterativeFamily: Dennis and Doris Vinyard name their children Derek, Davina, and Danny. Averted with the youngest, named Ally.

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* AlliterativeFamily: Dennis and Doris Vinyard name their children Derek, Davina, and Danny. Averted with the youngest, [[OddNameOut named Ally. Ally.]]
5th Aug '15 6:15:22 PM JB0187
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* JerkAss: Almost all of the characters. But Derek himself counts, at first.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Almost all of the characters. But Derek himself counts, at first.
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