Matt Vander Pluym AAS 100 Mid-term exam question number 7...

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Matt Vander Pluym February 28, 2008 AAS 100 Mid-term exam- question number 7 Many of the scenes in the movie, The Freedom Writers, accurately depict race problems we have in the U.S. today. One of the most telling scenes, that depict the race problems today, is the scene where the students of Ms. Gruwell’s room ask her what the Holocaust was. Another scene, which precisely portrays race relations in the U.S. today, is the scene where Eva goes to visit her father in prison. In this paper I am going to examine how these scenes correspond to actual race problems in the U.S. today. At one point in the movie Ms. Gruwell gets upset with her students after she confiscates a drawing which is being passed around class. The drawing was a racial depiction of a black student in the class. It depicted the black student with a huge head and giant lips. Ms. Gruwell after seeing this is very upset. She tells her students that this is how holocaust happen, they stem from misunderstanding and pictures like the one drawn in her class. She tells them that their
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