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There
are many areas in the movie Boyz N the
Hood where societal reactions and
larger social forces are imposed upon the lower class communities.  In the movie, these reactions can be seen within
the school setting, during the meeting with the University representative, when
Furious’ speaks in front of the bill
board, and in Ricky and Tre’s encounter with the police
officer.  These societal reactions can
lead to negative stigma, which evidently labels
the black communities as deviant and born criminals. 

            In the beginning of the film, Tre is singled out in front of his
classmates for interrupting the class, when he is asked to come teach the
class.  Tre does as he is told; however, he loses his temper when another
classmate and his white middle-class teacher interrupt him.  The teacher then calls Tre’s mother and questions her education and employment.  Tre’s mother
is offended by this, and responds in anger that she is in fact employed and that
she is working on completing a master’s degree. 
The fact that Tre is a black
African American man living in a lower class community, stigmatizes him and his
mother even though they are higher functioning and
well adjusted people.  Becker
(1963) further explains when he states, “social groups create deviance by
making the rules whose infractions constitute deviance and by applying those
rules to particular people and labeling them as outsiders (as cited in Williams
& McShane, 2018: 95). 

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            Next, when Ricky and the University representative meet at Ricky’s middle-class home, the
representative makes an assumption when he asks “Is that your little brother”
(Singleton, 1991).  When Ricky replies that the baby is his son,
the University professor appears shocked to learn about this.  Because of this circumstance, Ricky is at risk of being viewed and
treated differently by middle-class citizens. This could even affect his status
and social position on the football team, as well as how his teammates and
coaches treat him.  For instance, they
may question his commitment to the football team or they may also conclude that
Ricky had a troubled past. 

            Moreover, societal reactions to
lower class people are demonstrated on a bill board that says, Cash for your home. Seoul to Seoul Reality.
Tre and Ricky are subjected Furious’
powerful speech, where he proclaims that these messages serve to encourage a
process of gentrification.  He explains
that the middle to upper-class power holders use this type of media in attempt
to move black marginalized people out of their neighbourhoods. In a related biological and psychological positivism discussion on this topic,  White & al. (2013), claim that there are
assumptions of “false positives – bringing under suspicion people who are
innocent simply because they match certain personality traits or live in a
certain area” (White & al., 2013: 63).  This idea serves
to further stigmatize and even criminalize black communities by association. As
proclaimed in Furious’ speech, the
role of the upper class in promoting crime is ignored.  For example, the fact that they were opening
gun stores, liquor stores, and importing drugs for the purpose of eugenics is downplayed.

            Moreover, Tre and Ricky’s encounter
with the police officer after their confrontation with the rival gang (Crenshaw
Mafia) further reinforces the negative labels that are attached to them. Despite
their minimal involvement with the incident they are immediately targeted and
accused.  The African American police
officer argued that, “all you young black guys think you’re so tough… you’re
probably one of those Crenshaw boys” (Singleton, 1991).  This officer assumed
that these young men were deviant because of their association with a labeled
group and the violent circumstance in which they were involved.  Williams and McShane would hypothesize that this officer’s reaction “serves
to separate those acts that are deviant from those that are not, even though
they may appear as identical behaviours” (Williams & McShane, 2018: 95).  After the incident, Tre and Ricky have a
profound discussion and admit that they want to eliminate the labels and
negative stigmas; they even plan on opening a business with the hope of moving
up the social hierarchy.  This also demonstrates their hope of reaching
the expectations required in the middle class standards.