The film “remember the Titans” is directed by Boaz Yakin. This film is based on a true story of the explosive events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia. In April of 1971, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that ended all state-imposed separation in public schools. The European American head coach of the Titans is replaced by an African American coach, Herman Boone from North Carolina. Problems begin when players of different races are forced to play together on the same football team. The biggest fight occurs between the white captain, Gerry Bertier and black player, Julius Campbell. On the success of Boone achieving racial harmony on the team, the teammates become close friends. This was the same year that T.C Williams High
The Blind Side can be summed up in three words: determination, hope, and courage. In the nonfiction book The Blind Side by Michael Lewis, the protagonist undergoes these feelings, and as readers, we see him rise from the bottom to the top. Michael Oher is a poor black teenager, who does not know his father or his birthday. His mother is addicted to crack cocaine, and he cannot read or write. Michael’s whole life changes after a rich, white, and strongly religious family plucks him from the streets. Two concepts alter Michael’s world forever: the love that the family has and the exhilarating game of football. If you are looking for inspiration, you should read The Blind Side because of its dynamic characters and uplifting storyline.
In the 1920s, there was a great demand for entertainment, especially with the improvements of the middle class and the development of disposable income and leisure time. With entertainment came sports, and with sports came racism. Many sports, football in particular, was on the edge about being segregated or not. According to Sports Institute Magazine, “ The degree to which these degrading segregation policies hurt black communities – in and outside of sports”. Jackie Robinson once said, “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is your respect as a human being.” This was the main problem in sports. Coaches and managers didn't even care how good players were or what their personality was like. If you were a minority player, they didn't want to invest in you or coach you. They just didn't want anything to do with you.
Denzel Washington who played Coach Boone leads the Titans to a successful football season by showing leadership and dedication towards his football players. The movie is about the path and mind of the football players as they are forced to play on an integrated football team. In Oliver Gruner essay, You’re Only as Good as Your Last Game: Remember the Titans Remembers Civil Rights suggests that the “film depicts the struggle for civil rights in the South as an ongoing process, one which is not isolated to a signal narrow historical epoch. Furthermore, this struggle is shown to require the active involvement of both African American and white characters, and thus avoids the singular tales of “white redemption” that are said to have been common to the “civil rights cinema” of the 1980s and 1990s (Leiter, 33)”. But with the help of Coach Boone and the other assistant coaches, the football players realize that hard work and dedication will help change their moral and values in life. Remember the Titans uses sports gerund to illustrate the change of integration and how the football players overcame racism and
Henri Tajfel (1979) anticipated that the “groups which people belonged to were an important source of pride and self-esteem. Groups give us a sense of social identity: a sense of belonging to the social world.” (McLeod, Social Identity Theory, 2008) Remember the Titans (2000) is an American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. It is a true story which started with the integration of black and white students at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia. However further problems emerge as with tensions high, the well known and loved head coach at the school, Bill Yoast, is replaced by a new black coach, Herman Boone. These true events play out in 1971 when school sports are an important value for the community,
In the film Remember the Titans, racial prejudice and stereotypes are evident throughout. At the start of the movie we are taken back to 1971 where we are introduced to the town of Alexandria in Virginia and the new high school that resides in it, as two schools recently combined to form one desegregated student body called T.C. Williams High School. Football is an immense part of this town and for the people residing there. Shortly into the film, head football Coach Bill Yoast, nominee for the Virginia High School Hall of Fame, is demoted to assistant football coach and the school board hires an African American man by the name of Herman Boone to take his place. This starts an uproar in the Alexandria community as desegregation hadn't been
Though Remember the Titans contains a heartfelt and genuine message, the movie sacrifices historical accuracy to portray it. Training at Gettysburg, as depicted in the film, was rife with racial tensions and conflicts. Players regularly got into brawls, unofficially segregated lunch tables, and refused to communicate with players of another race. Julius and Gerry 's fight is a prominent example, escalating to the full-on brawl between the team. However, despite the intensity of the player 's prejudice portrayed in the movie, real life tells a different story. According to the original 1971 Titans, there was conflict prevalent during training camp. However, most of the disputes arose from the competitive spirit of the camp- not racial issues
How would you change if you had to survive in the wilderness for almost two months? I will tell you how Brian Robeson changed when he had to survive in the wild. Some of the changes he went through were weight loss, he was better able to observe and to solve problems, he was better able to survive, and that he was amazed at everyday life are just some of the ways he changed.
Violent abuse of the African American race sparked the Civil Rights movement. The movement defined the struggle that people of not only color, but all different walks of life. The integration in schools caused both races to form a realization that they aren’t different through a common interest like football. In Remember the Titans discrimination happens a lot with black students being told to go back home to Africa and during this time of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s and 70’s; this sparked controversy between the adults in this story and were concerned about the future of their kids with these new black families were forced to move into these white neighborhoods during this time. Remember the Titans does indeed depict different forms of hate crimes and racism such as, members of the community racially profiling, people who aren’t extremists, but contribute to the idea of racist beliefs and acts,and people attacking African American families due to forced
In the movie Remember the Titans we are able to see many disputes, especially between white and black people. Despite the racial problem, there is a very memorable
Making its debut in 2000, Remember the Titans is a film about how an African American coach Herman Boone faced with multiple challenges changes the existing ideologies of the whole town through the game of football. A film that is dramatically devastating is characterized by the transforming character dynamics, vintage setting, and compelling dialogue while inconsistent in its authenticity.
Boaz Yakin uses point of view shots in the beginning when Coach Boone's family first moves in and in the end when Coach Boone has the team win the last game. The first point of view is with the neighbours complaining about how they are a coloured family. The second point of view is when Coach Boone comes home and the entire neighbourhood is cheering for him, this shows a sense of community and growth as they went from not even giving them a shot to being really happy for them. After the game Gerry gets hit by a car and ends up in the hospital, in the waiting room is the entire football team waiting to find out the news. That shows a big sense of community as everyone is coming together. When Julius goes into visit Gerry in the hospital room the nurse says “kin only.” Then Gerry replies “Alice are you blind, don't you see the family resemblance, he’s my brother.” Gerry and Julius came a long way from hating each other and being extremely racist to being brothers from another mother. When you go from feeling like you belong nowhere to feeling like you have a home you feel wonder about yourself and others, as others have taken you in and cared for you in ways others haven't. In that alone you can feel self-fulfilled as you go from having no one to call your family to having more people then you could have imagined and that's an amazing feeling. Despite their differences the titans worked hard
The desire to win in leadership sets a context where true beneficial aspects and lessons are learnt and taught. The lessons cover ethical principles and aspects of responsibility, respect, caring, fairness, and trustworthiness. These styles are based on the film Remember the Titans.’ The backdrop in the film presents itself in football and racism which are the aspects that clash with the leadership styles.
Racial violence was a huge part of World War II. It “contributed to making white and black Americans hostile competitors for living space, jobs, political influence, and social position … ” (Mixon 1). African-Americans and Caucasians were in a constant battle for these essentials, often resulting in fights. As you can recall, Gene goes to “preparatory school, the Devon school” (Adney 1). During the war, “Blacks in 1935 and again in 1943 attacked white property in their communities for failure to employ African Americans and reinvest in the community (Mixon 1). The whole book seemed to only have caucasian figures, even though there were so many races involved in the war. If Knowles were to incorporate African-Americans in the book having to battle for a property, (perhaps the Devon school property) the plot would become more
Remember the Titans is a film based on true events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. Two groups of people were forced together by the desegregation of T.C Williams High School. Despite the indefinite integration of the black and white students, the town was still living in a racially divided society. African American football coach Herman Boone’s arrival to T.C Williams further complicated things. In an attempt to tranquilize the escalating racial tensions he was given the head coaching position in hopes to placate the African /American community.