Leaving last week’s class, my mind was darting in all sorts of directions. While the “Eyes on the Prize” excerpt gave me a concrete understanding of the historic events of the desegregation of Little Rock High School, “Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later” brought up all sorts of observations and questions on race in America that I hadn’t necessarily thought to address before. I think these two films were particularly interesting to view back to back because of their difference in style, content, and execution.
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
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,
The film At the River I Stand was a very interesting film that went back to the civil rights movement and told the dream that Martin Luther King had and how his dream has come a long way. This film took place in 1968 in Memphis, TN. It focused on how African Americans were excluded out and were paid low wages and worked in poor working conditions. Not only did they go on strike to gain equality, but they also wanted to stand up for what’s right. Being though Martin Luther King was assassinated during this film, African Americans started more riots all over the country to fight for justice.
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
All sports fans may think of their favorite athlete as a hero, a god, a role model, or someone they wish to be. As an athlete there is always the fear of failure or missing the one shot that could have achieved their life goal. As athletes they are always expected to live, breathe, eat, and die for their sport, which in the end causes them distress. In the novel Friday Night Lights, the small town of Odessa, Texas they put that same unneeded pressure on their athletes. To them it is more about winning then actually enjoying the sport, putting an immense pressure on their team to succeed. Knowing that the town is counting on them each player adds more pressure on themselves to satisfy their town while also trying to secure football scholarships. Buzz Bissinger clearly shows the great amount of unnecessary pressure that is put upon the football team from the town, themselves, and the prospect of the future.
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
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 this week's journal I will be discussing; The Opening of the Black Panther movie and how the movie is more women ordination and the overall power that women held in these positions, and what ways black women excellence is shown in the movie.The main character may be the king T'challa who is the king of wakanda, but the women were the true focus on the film, and are extraordinary. These women are extraordinary based around the fact that.
The movie begins with the portrayal of a ‘black’ public school in South Carolina in the late 1950s and how distance from home to the closest ‘appropriate’ school makes it impossible for students to be on time to school. This predicament drives the principal of the school to approach the authorities and demand for a
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.
Have you ever felt like you don't belong even though it's where you are supposed to be? In the film Remember the Titans the director Boaz Yakin’s shows how the football team felt that same way. Yakins showed how they got over it throughout coming together to build a community, through unity, acceptance, and through self-fulfillment. When the titans built their sense of community all the team players showed a different side to the other teammates, as the team was becoming more accepted and the team started to feel self-fulfilled.
A leader is defined as an individual who influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. In the case of this story, their goal was not just to win football games but to bring a community together. It emphasizes how important community is, and how the community affects the culture surrounding it. Sometimes the culture has to change before the community can, which can only happen when a leader steps up and takes control of the situation. The Titans taught their city how to trust the soul of a man rather than the look of him. Coach Boone stresses the idea of respect; he doesn’t care if his players don’t like each other but he expects them to respect each other and maybe, they will learn how to play the game of football like men. As a leader, I have to be aware of my surroundings and the individuals around me that I could possibly be influencing by my actions but also by my character. The goal of a team is being able to say you are giving something that is bigger than yourself, one hundred percent effort, including your resources. A team is so much more than just one person, without fellow teammates a leader cannot
When a physical, demanding sport collides with a brutal, poverty-stricken town, true character is revealed, and the devastating realities of high school kids are shown to those who live in a sugar-coated world. The Manassas High School football team is full of new talents that are apparently worthless when a different players is shot, imprisoned, or drops out of school on an almost weekly basis. That is just a glimpse inside the misfortune that the kids of this film are enduring day in and day out. Some parentless and some virtually homeless, it seems as if the only way out of a constant state of need is a miracle, or death.
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.