When Bill Yoast the current coach for the T.C Williams High School football team steps down as head coach and is replaced by the non-white African American Herman Boone, the tension between the black and white communities hit breaking point. Most of the white players threatened to quit the team if Herman Boone was the coach. “I aint playing for no Coach Coon!” Coach Yoast then rejoins the team as defensive coordinator and assistant coach to Coach Boone. When the whole squad is assembled for the first time Coach Boone noted and was fully aware of the tension and distrust between the white players and the black players. As a way to assert his position as head coach, Coach Boone publically embarrasses captain Gerry Bertier, who is white and was showing attitude towards Boone.
Shaun Wootton 9DP Mr Dante Di Ponio 18th August 2011 The film Remember the Titans released in 2000, is a film set in Alexandria Virginia about the importance of friendship, teamwork and how the community overcame racism. It is set in 1971 and directed by Boaz Yakin. It is about how 2 schools, one black, one white integrate and make one school. The football team, led by Coach Boone and deputy Coach Yoast bring the racist community together. At the start of this film there is a lot of racism and a good example is when Coach Boone, who is black, moves into a white neighborhood.
Boone himself shares no such illusions; as he tells the adoring crowd, “I’m just a football coach.” Background to the Film In the late 1960’s and 70’s, many Americans began to question the ongoing war in Vietnam. Among other things, young people could not understand the unnecessary killing of Vietnamese. In 1970 students at Kent State University protested against the war. Meanwhile the African-American students were still trying to find ways to bring about equal education opportunities. A case filed by Dr Swann was making its way to the United States Supreme Court.
Remember the titan’s film review. Film director Boaz Yakin has made the film remember the titans with the help of jerry Bruckhenier (producer) and Gregory Allen Howard (writer). It’s the true story of a newly appointed African American coach (Denzel Washington) and his high school football team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. Remember the titans is not all about racism although most of it deals realistically with the racial issues adults and children had to face in the 70s with no choice, but also remember the titans has a lot to do with family and friendship, leadership, honesty, humility, violence, communication and teamwork. In 1971 Alexandria, Virginia at the designated T.C Williams high school, African American coach ‘Herman Boone’ (Denzel Washington) is hired to coach the school football team of one black and one white school after the different schools were closed and are forced to join as one.
Both the townspeople and the players live for the game. The head coach, Eric Taylor, and his family are the primary focus of the show, along with the lead football players, who are stereotypically portrayed at the beginning of the series. Jason Street, the stereotypical allAmerican football quarterback, suffered a career-ending injury in the first episode of the series. This led him to deal with many difficult challenges as him and his head cheerleader girlfriend, Lyla Garrity, try to get their lives back in order after the accident. Tim Riggins is the bad boy in town, and Jason’s best friend.
When prejudice is judging a person on the bases of stereotypes about the group to which the person belongs. Prejudice and the realistic group conflict theory relate because they both stereotype groups. Just like the whites and blacks are stereotyping each other in Remember the Titans. In the beginning of the movie, white and the African American football players are mainly worried about their position on the field and if they was going to be starting. Starting positions are very limited, so that is why the African Americans and whites fight over them.
Gerry and Julius were the leaders of their football teams before they integrated. At the start, they believed that they were both better then each other. They realised that they had to move past the difference of the colour of their skin and ended up becoming best friends and hung out together all the time. After Gerry’s accident in the hospital, his only wish was to see Julius. He referred to him as his brother to the nurse.
Initially, the adolescents were hateful toward one another, but after being forced to acknowledge one another and training together, the young men eventually became accepting of everyone. Additionally, Boone made sure everything was centred on football, not race. He changed the secondary group into a primary group c) The character I feel was pivotal in breaking down the prejudicial barriers was Coach Herman Boone. Boone is
Coach Boone started out using intergroup contact to help the newly desegregated school’s football team to try and overcome the walls that separate the two groups. An example of a superordinate goal of intergroup contact is when Coach Boone had everyone get off the buses and split the two groups up based on offense and defense rather than race. Then not only did they sit with someone of the opposite color but also that was their roommate for the duration of camp. At camp Coach Boone basically reduced everyone to nothing to create an equal level and built teams chemistry and camaraderie up from there. The recategorization part occurred when Boone had an idea to implement three-a-day practices until all the players got to know each and everyone of their teammates, which was his way of basically forcing intergroup contact and the players start realizing that they really are not all that different from one another.
From racial profiling to other issues such as affirmative action, police brutality against minorities and the history of slavery and the rising resentment against immigrants.” (Anup Shah 1998) I think this really does suit racism in the United States. Yes it has come a long way from what it used to be like but we still have problems just like this all over the world. Way back in the day American people didn’t have much racism towards them but Americans were very racist towards everyone who was not American. They had all sorts of racial groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, save our state, and gay groups. These groups of hate have died down over the years but there are still a few out