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James Nadell & Boyz N' The Hood - Anthony Zerka

Boyz N’ the Hood was made to show its audience the current status of what an African-American has to go through everyday to survive. Living with poverty, being influenced by drugs, and living a life of violence is not life that any family wants their kids to experience. This movie is an narration of the economic status of living as in African American in the United States.James Nadell, the auother of “Boyz N The Hood: A Colonial Analysis,? states “The reverberations of this low intensity warfare program and the American racist capitalist system that gave rise to it are felt to this very day and are inextricably linked to the very phenomenology dealt with by Boyz N The Hood.? Nadell discusses three different crises that are used in the film and each is analyzed in his article. The first two crises revolves around the issue of racism and how it effects the society psychologically. Having neighborhoods being watched over by a helicopter and police driving quite frequently just convinces the mind that you are not living in a decent place. Many individuals may even believe they are living in some kind of jail. Being stopped by the police at night for no apparent reason just makes a person question the police's judgment. Those are examples of everyday life displayed in Boyz N' the Hood. How can you beat this racial profiling? Having pride in your culture and your neighborhood. We witness the neighborhood have barbecues and social get together to display their cars. "This"African Americans become immersed in a social substance that filters the toxic elements from the racist American indoctrination system, preserving the basic human impulse toward self-love and self-creation, individually and collectively, as a review of the related literature indicates." Making the best of your day hides the struggle it may seem. The third crises that this article examines is the drug dealing in local African American neighborhoods. The distribution of drugs in neighborhoods, such as the one in Boyz N' the Hood is the typical place where one may want to find narcotics. "African Americans do not control the means of narcotics production, refinement, or international transshipment, and only marginally control the retail, low-end domestic distribution networks." Many believe, such as Malcolm X, blames the government for bringing in the drugs to this country. Nadell assumes that most of America recognizes African Americans to be drug dealers, which is very low on Americans end. Boyz N' the Hood was produced to show the audience of America what is really happening. James Nadell helps readers to understand the current ongoing struggle an African American is forced to endure when living in "the Hood."