Hoop Dream Movie

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“Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.” This quote from Alex Haley highlights how racism exists even with our only differences in race being the color of our skin. Eddie Perry, in the book Best Intentions, and William Gates and Arthur Agee, in the movie Hoop dreams, had their whole lives influenced by the color of their skin. Their race greatly impacted how and where they lived. Where they lived greatly impacted how they were raised. How they were raised greatly impacted what their future decisions would be and their choice of the kind of life they wanted. These boys’ lives were controlled by race and were surrounded by it everyday. Race affected…show more content…
They are viewed by their family and friends as ways to escape the ghetto. Others feel that if these boys became successful in life, then their own lives would improve. Part of their communities only cared for them because they thought the boys would be successful. At one point in the movie, William’s father offered to give him a car in exchange for forgiveness of not being there for William as a father. His father only cared for him after he found out he was good at basketball, and might be able to become professional at it. Once William or Arthur made it to the NBA, people wanted to have that connection with them. “That's why when somebody say, "when you get to the NBA, don't forget about me", and that stuff. Well, I should've said to them, "if I don't make it, don't you forget about me." This quote from William Gates shows how he knew that some people were only caring for him just to try to make that connection with him. Others, like the ABC program, looked at boys like Eddie and believed they could help them succeed in life. They were able to give them a new chance and saw the boys as people who would go far in life. Parts of the communities wanted to help these boys live out their potential and gave them scholarships to get an education at schools like St. Joseph and…show more content…
These low income jobs that only some of the families were able to obtain made it hard to live, especially when most families had multiple children to take care of. This cycle continued since parents weren’t able to afford a better education for their children. Many families were on welfare which made it hard for parents to give their children a better chance. The parents want to give their children the best, but race has limited their financial incomes. The only way for these kids to escape is to have a talent that schools find interest in or programs like A Better Chance that gave these kids the opportunities to succeed. These kids were not able to get these educations unless the opportunities were handed to

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