The Bronx Tale

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Prof. Wilkes SOC 31 5/9/11 The Bronx Tale The Bronx Tale is a movie based in the 1960’s. There were a lot of differential discrepancies between races. In this period of time, it was taboo for a white Italian to have any kind of relationships with a person of color. One of the main characters named Calogero was surrounded by friends who discriminated against blacks. However, Calogero was raised in this kind of environment, he seem to be optimistic about black people. In this Italian neighborhood, where Calogero grew up, there were many different dynamics. His father was a bus driver for the city, and always looked out for his son not to get into trouble. One of the main deviant influences in the film was an Italian mafia that…show more content…
By saying, “leave them alone their just passing through from school.” However, eventually he joined his friends screaming at the blacks to stay out of their neighborhood. Another example in the movie is when, Calogero and his friends were teenagers, a group of black teenagers were riding their bikes through the Italian neighborhood. His friends became very angry, because of this, Calogero tried to defend the black teenagers by saying they are not bothering anyone. But his friends did not listen, it soon escalated. His friends started to become physically violent towards the group of black teenagers. And while the Italian boys were beating up the black teenagers they screamed “This is our neighborhood you black bastard.” Calogero didn’t participate in the assault against the black teenagers however; he tried to have one of them stay down on the ground to protect him from his friends. After this act of violence, their hangout was vandalized and assumed it must have been the black teenagers that they assaulted the other day. In retaliation they came up with idea to drive to the black neighborhood and throw Molotov cocktails at the black teenagers where they hangout at. A car with Calogero’s friends in it exploded and kills everyone in the vehicle. When this happens the members of the black community began celebrating in the streets. The violence of destroying property and each other shows that there is excessive racism in the 1960’s. The

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