Not all relationships are perfect. Some relationships will start with people not liking each other, but throughout the time it gets better. People will learn to get along and it may take a few minutes to a few years. In the movie Remember the Titans, that's how the relationships were. The teammates, the coaches, and the community all had a relationship problem in the movie.
How often in the 60’s would we you have the minority of white people on a basketball team? That's what we had happed during the movie Glory Road. We followed a coach who made a team who he thought would win with. We saw them getting crap for the color of the boys on his team. As you watch you see many possible themes but the one that i thought stuck out was courage.
I wanted to first say that these are strictly my own opinions and I would appreciate your thoughts and feedback. First, there is a perception in sports that I heard numerous of times that African Americans do not make the best coaches. I would definitely argue that notion. I believe that African Americans in most cases do not receive the same treatment as any white coach in college and major sports. I do believe there needs to be a Rooney Rule, especially in collegiate sports.
I found the topic of how black athletes may be treated different from white athletes interesting. When I was doing my research I wanted to learn more about these ideas in that black people were more athletic than white but whites were more intellectual in sports. I found that this idea has gone on from the beginning since blacks were slaves. It has however changed since then but not enough to where it is equal now. In my paper I wanted to write about how it was in the beginning and how it has since changed in modern times.
I picked to watch a child at a football practice. The child that was observed is approximately an 8 year old male that is African-American. Additionally, his height is approximately 3ft 5 inches and his weight is around sixty pounds. The hair color of this child was black and his eye color appeared to be brown. He was wearing a white jersey with blue sleeves and a helmet that was similar to the San Diego Chargers.
A dominate view in the film is discrimination against black people in the community and in sports. There has always been discrimination in sports, as state in an article, “Jackie Robinson led the entire nation in rushing yards per attempt, averaging a staggering 12 yards per carry. At the close of his UCLA career in 1941, Robinson participated in the annual All-Star Game, which pitted the nation’s best college players against the NFL’s strongest team.” Jackie Robinson the first African American to play in Major League Baseball was also a strong a player of football. He played in the All-Star Game and went against profession team and still was able to hold his own, but the NFL also had its racial law and didn’t allow him to player and his name was never called in the draft list.
The film takes place in Alexandria, Virginia. Where racial tensions are high and one high school is forced to integrate through all the madness. T.C Williams is the new school with the football team being the main focus. The football team has not only players but also coaches as well who are black and white and must come together. Their willingness to come together will not only help them succeed on the field but also in the community.
According to Gregor Lentze’s article “The Legal Concept of Professional Sports Leagues: The Commissioner and an Alternative Approach from a Corporate Perspective” wrote of about the creation of the commissioner office and the structure. In 1920, The National Committee in MLB replaced power to the commissioner because it could not handle the Black Sox Scandal. Judge Landis’s effort, the image of baseball recovered and, many professional sports organization formed same system as MLB commissioner. This is important to topic for a research paper of the Black Sox Scandal because this incident’s effect on the society is huge.
In the movie “Remember the Titans” The story follows the football team when the coach hired to coach the Black school is made head coach over the white coach who has been there for quite some time. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the coaches learn to depend on and trust each other. The first stage, the formation stage in this movie takes place when the two high schools combine and the black and white football players are testing out how the other half of the team is going to think and feel about them joining their side. When the black athletes are in the gym ready to meet Coach Herman Boone. In this interaction the athletes have come together for the first time, they are unsure of their roles on the team, they are not really sure of what to expect from each other, and the same goes with their new coach, Herman Boone.
The Civil Rights Movement was a movement that was fought for by people of colored skin. Black people were not treated as well as white people because they were thought of as being people who were poor, dirty, illiterate, and not worthy of being in this country. This is true for the Titans because there were these same beliefs on this football team as listed above. Coach Boone handled, and eventually defeated, racism on his team because he knew that it would hold them back (1), it would create a hostile environment for everyone on the team (2), and it would be a reminder of the real world (3). First, Coach Boone handled racism because he knew that it would hold them back.
Martin Luther King once said “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”. Racism is the intentional act of antagonism against someone of a different race/culture based on the belief that one’s own race is more superior. This problem is major in the society today, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, Caucasian or Asian it can affect you. Racism is such a big issue that it has made it has made it into many films some being; Remember the Titans (2000) and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas (2008). These films are all thriving for one outcome and that is to change the minds of all citizens about racism and end discrimination.