American History X - Meghan Frank
I do see how people can see American History X as promoting racism. The "hero" and the most developed character is Derek and we spend most of the film seeing him as a radical white supremacist. Only in the last part of the film does Derek come to the realization that the hate he lives by does not solve anything. And not long after that he is confronted with the death of his brother Danny at the hands of a black teen. The fact that the cold blooded murder is committed by a black person somewhat confirms what Derek has been preaching throughout the film. Also, the murder scene when Derek kills two black men who are trying to steal his car is glorified. Derek is shown as proud and serene with no remorse.
The intent was to make an anti-racist film. It shows the inequality of the justice system with Derek only getting 3 years for murdering two people and his laundry partner getting 6 years for stealing a TV and dropping it on a police officer. Also, it was the white supremacists that raped and beat Derek in prison but he was protected by his black friend. I do see it as an anti racist film but understand the arguments of how it can be seen as promoting racism.