Boyz N the Hood, the 1991 movie that delved on crime and racism in the South Central Los Angeles area, and was directed by John Singleton and released by Columbia Pictures, is a film that was exemplary in its portrayal of the African American communities, particularly of the methodologies employed in their struggle to cope with the societal pressures inherent in the aforementioned sector.
It is apparent that the majority of these members of our society deemed it necessary to result to criminal activities to assuage the impact of the seeming governmental neglect that are prevailing in their communities, as was evidenced in their violent and often fatal territorial disputes, illicit drugs trade, prostitution, and murder. As was aforementioned, the prevailing theme of the said movie was crime. This was presented in different forms and in varying degrees that had become the accepted norm of the community, often times justifying their reasons for displaying a distinct apprehension for the figures of authority.
One such instance was Tre’s unfortunate incident with the Black cop, wherein he was unduly harassed even without clear and undeniable proof of participation to the crime that he was being accused of. This form of injustice, in most certainty, is one of the main reasons for their hatred towards the prevailing societal system, as evidenced by the trauma that it has caused Tre. His father, Furious Styles, was more eloquent in his observation, “I know every time you turn on the TV that’s what you see, Black People, pushing the rock, selling the rock, that’s what you see” (Boyz N the Hood).
Perhaps one of the more alarming incidents of the decaying social order was the woman who, as her means of supporting her baby as well as her addiction, offers sexual favors in exchange for a few dollars. Here, what was clearly yet tacitly implied was the failure of the government in assuring that everybody is given his/her fair chance for a stable and respectable employment. Although it was not clearly depicted in the film, it nevertheless allows the audience to ponder on what advantages a responsible and competent leadership would have benefited the general populace, particularly those that were portrayed in the film.
Because of the prevalence of gangs defending their assumed territorial supremacy, several murders were witnessed in Boyz N the Hood. Mostly these were anonymous, such as the ones seen by the Tre and his friends during their younger years. However, this was also the main reason for the murders of the more significant characters in the film, especially the murder of Ricky Baker, wherein the proliferation of illegal drugs had been the main reason, specifically the desire of the rival gang to expand their scope of influence.
Although implied only through textual narration, such was also the case in the murder of Darrin, that despite of it being an act of vengeance, it is clear that the end purpose was aimed towards their intent on furthering their gang’s power. Conclusion The film, Boyz N the Hood, had been successful in expressly detailing the realities prevailing in some American communities, especially those that the administration seemed to have neglected, unwittingly or otherwise.
Here, the methodologies employed by some of the populace were likewise presented, encompassing fields such as their means of acquiring financial success and their methods of securing their territories. What is truly unfortunate is their assumed necessity to result to criminal activities in attaining their goals, that often times necessitated them to murder people who may one day pose a challenge to their self-professed agendas that are in most cases concerned with the social problem of drug abuse. Work Cited Boyz N the Hood. Dir. John Singleton. 1991. Columbia Pictures, 2010.