Remember the Titans

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Director Boaz Yakin's REMEMBER THE TITANS captures the heart of high school football while tackling the sins of its fathers, chronicling the true story of the undefeated 1971 T.C. Williams team of Alexandria, Virginia, which was the first integrated high school team in the state. The players represent a hotbed of racial tension, but as the team struggle towards unity and gridiron glory, Remember the Titans builds on several subplots and character dynamics to become an inspirational drama. It tackles the issues of race and bigotry, and does so in a typically blunt and head-on fashion. The year is 1971, and Alexandria, Virginia is under federal mandate to integrate its schools. This means that the football team--the Titans--will also have to be integrated. In a nod to what I suppose passed for political correctness back then, African-American coach Herman Boone (Washington) is brought in as the new head coach, replacing the popular Coach Yoats (Patton), who is white. Naturally, the white community is outraged by the move, while the black community views Boone as a symbolic leader. 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. By April 1971, 11 months after the Kent State shootings, the High Court delivered its judgment to the country. In Swann v’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, the now famous case that permitted the bussing of students

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