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American History X

American History X quotes

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Daniel Vinyard
Derek Vinyard
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Weed is for ****s. Put that away right now, have a little self-respect.

**** you just ****ed with the wrong bull... COME HERE! you should have learned your place on the ****in' basketball court, but you ****ing monkeys just never get the message! My father gave me that truck you mother****er! Do you ever shoot at firemen? You come here and shoot at my family?! I'm gonna teach you a real lesson now mother****er, put your ****ing mouth on the curb...PUT IT ON THE CURB RIGHT NOW!! (The carjacker puts his teeth on the curb and bites). Thats it, now say goodnight! (jumps on the head of the carjacker)

So I guess this is where I tell you what I learned - my conclusion, right? Well, my conclusion is: Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it. Derek says it's always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can't top it, steal from them and go out strong. So I picked a guy I thought you'd like. 'We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.' [quoting Abraham Lincoln]

Doris Vinyard: I'm ashamed that you came out of my body.

Dennis Vinyard: So what is this "Native Son" ?
Derek Vinyard: It's this book about this black guy. We're doing this whole black literature unit.
Dennis Vinyard: What, is it Black History Month?
Derek Vinyard: No, it's just this guy Sweeney, you know? It's part of the course now.
Dennis Vinyard: Yeah...whatever. It's everywhere I look now.
Derek Vinyard: What?
Dennis Vinyard: This "affirmative blaction."
Doris Vinyard: Honey, a few new books doesn't qualify as affirmative black action.
Dennis Vinyard: Read the book, ace the guy's test...just don't swallow everything he feeds you whole. Just because you see it on the evening news...
Derek Vinyard: I know, but what?
Dennis Vinyard: All this stuff about making everything "equal..." it's not that simple. Now you've got this book "Native Son." What happened to the other books in the course? They're not good anymore because Mr. Two Ph.Ds says so? Now you got to trade great books for black books? Does that make sense? You gotta question these things, Der. You gotta look at the whole picture. We're talking about books...but we're also talking about my job. I've got two black guys on my squad now who got their job over a couple of white guys who actually scored higher on the test. Does that make sense? Everything's "equal" now, but I've got two guys watching my back...responsible for my life...who aren't as good. They only got the job because they were black, not because they were the best.
Derek Vinyard: That sucks.
Dennis Vinyard: Yeah, is that what America's about? No, America's about the best man for the job. You do your best, you get the job. This affirmative action crap--I don't know what that's about. There's like some hidden agenda or something going on. You see what I'm saying?
Derek Vinyard: Yeah, I do. I didn't think about it like that...This Sweeney guy though, he just comes on so strong. It's hard not to listen to him. I guess some of what he says though, it's kind of--
Dennis Vinyard: It's bullshit.
Derek Vinyard: Yeah...yeah, maybe.
Dennis Vinyard: No. It's **** bullshit. You see that, don't you?
Derek Vinyard: Yeah.
Dennis Vinyard: You got to watch out for that.
Derek Vinyard: Yeah. No, I get what you're saying. I will.
Dennis Vinyard: (pats Derek on the back) Good boy. I'm proud of you.

Every night, thousands of these parasites stream across the border like some ****ing piñata exploded. [the skinheads laugh] Don't laugh! There's nothin' funny goin' on here! [the skinheads immediately quiet down] this is about your life and mine, it's about decent hard working Americans falling through the cracks and getting the shaft because their government cares more about the constitutional rights of a bunch of people who arent even citizens of this country, On the Statue of Liberty it says "give me your tired your hungry, your poor..." well it's Americans who are tired and hungry and poor, and I say until you take care of that, close the ****ing book! 'Cause we're losing, we're losing our right to pursue our destiny, we're losing our freedom, so that a bunch of ****ing foreigners can come in here and exploit our country, and this isn't something thats going on far away, this isn't something thats happening places we cant do anything about it, it's happening right here, right in our neighborhood, right in that building behind you..Archie Miller ran that grocery store since we were kids here..Dave worked there Mike worked there..he went under and now some ****in Korean owns it who fired these guys and is making a killing cause he hired 40 ****in border jumpers..i see this shit going on and I dont see anyone doing anything about it...and it ****in pisses me off!! So look around you,this isn't our ****in neighborhood this is a battlefield we are on a battlefield tonight..make a decision are we gonna stand by the sidelines quietly standing while our country gets raped? "(the skinheads yell) **** no!!" are we gonna ante-up and do something about it? "(skinheads yell) **** YEAHH!!!!" you're goddamn right we are!!

One in every three black males is in some phase of the correctional system. Is that a coincidence or do these people have, you know, like a racial commitment to crime?

Oh it doesn't? You don't think I see what you're trying to do here? You think I'm gonna sit here and smile while some ****in' kike tries to **** my mother? It's never gonna happen Murray, ****in' forget it, not on my watch, not while I'm still in this family. I will ****in' cut your Shylock nose off and stick it up your ass before I let that happen. Coming here and poison my family's dinner with your Jewish, ****-lovin', hippie bullshit. **** you! **** you! Yeah, walk out, asshole, ****in' Kabalah reading mother****er. Get the **** out of my house. [showing his tattoo of a swastika] DO YOU SEE THIS!? THIS MEANS NOT WELCOME!

We're so hung up on this notion that we have some obligation to help the struggling black man, you know. Cut him some slack until he can overcome these historical injustices. It's crap. I mean, Christ, Lincoln freed the slaves, like, what? 130 years ago. How long does it take to get your act together?

Hey! I gotta bet..I come in this game right now same score but we play black guys against the white guys. "(black guys laugh)Name your price cracker" No money, no money for these courts and not just today for good. If you win we will walk outta here but if we bitching, no fighting, right here in front of everybody you pack up your shit and get your black asses outta here

I believe in death, destruction, chaos, filth, and greed. [Trying to make fun of Seth while he (Seth) is trying to video tape him]

[Writing the beginning of the essay] People look at me and see my brother.

I hate the fact that it's cool to be black these days, I hate this hip-hop ****in influence in white ****in suburbia and I hate tabatha and all her Zionist MTV ****ing pigs telling us we should get along save the retorical bullshit hillary rodham clinton cause it aint gonna ****in happen

Doris Vinyard: You think you're the only one doin' time, Derek? You think you're here all alone? You think I'm not in here with you?

Murray: Derek, what are you trying to prove?