Essay about the american short story "Scary Movies" published in 1995 written by Steven Amidon.

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Scary Movies

An American short story published in 1995 written by Steven Amidon.

There have always been racial problems in America, which is no wonder since the Americans took black people as slaves a long time ago. However, in the beginning of the 20th century the process of solving the racial issues in America begun. Nevertheless, it was a very difficult process, which really has not come to an end yet.

The story takes place in a suburb of New York in the year of 1968. The main character is a nine-year-old white girl and the story is about her experiences on the killing of the civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King. She, and her friend go to the movie to watch horror movies, only to discover that they are the only white people in the theatre. They both get a little bit frightened, since they are not used to being so close to the black people: There was little contact between us.

True, our cleaning ladies [...] were black, though they were a largely invisible presence in our lives. We knew nothing about our black neighbours other that the cruel jokes our parents sometimes told . This shows us that the ordinary white parents thought little of the blacks, which of course influenced their children to feel, threatened to be around the black people.

However the two children discover that it is not dangerous being amongst their black peers. They join the mood of excitement, as they realize that the black people do not want to harm them. They feel like a part of the crowd, which is a crowd like they have never seen before. The young black people engage in the movie in a way that the two young white children had never seen, and they...