The film deals with the impacts of racism and how friendship and teamwork can overcome it. Characterization is very important in the film and there are many relationships which show how racism is overcome in the film. The most important of these is the relationship between coach’s Boone and Yoast and teammates Gerry and Julius. For example, at the beginning of the film, Coach Yoast who has lost his job to Coach Boone only stays on as assistant out of his loyalty to the white players. But by the conclusion of the film, his friendship and respect for Coach Boone helps not only the team win, but helps the community to overcome racist attitudes towards Coach Boone.
Peggy McIntosh gives an account of the unearned privileges of the whites and the males in the United States. They have these privileges accorded to them by the society in which they live and wherein they are taught by the same society to be unconscious and unmindful of these privileges. However, this very unawareness or oblivion to the existence of unearned privileges is the very act that makes other people of different color feel oppressed. Peggy McIntosh enumerates with force consideration the effects of having 46 unearned white privileges in her life. In so doing, she points out how the very whiteness of a person serves as an invisible protection to each and every moment of his/her life.
Young African Americans have adopted the style of dress of upper class Caucasians as a manifestation of their lack of power in American society. While they might not be successful yet, the reason for adorning expensive Polo shirts, blue jeans and sneakers is to present an image of success. Suburban white kids take for granted the material success of their parents and their parents' friends. One way to express this disapproval is by identifying with the renegade image of the street. Many white kids are "cultural tourists” who idolize the very ghetto life that so many young black kids want to escape.
Unlike so many of their moderate brothers and sisters, they have recognized the urgency of the moment and sensed the need for powerful "action" antidotes to combat the disease of segregation. Let me take note of my other major disappointment. I have been so greatly disappointed with the white church and its leadership. Of course, there are some notable exceptions. I am not unmindful of the fact that each of you has taken some significant stands on this issue.
Bigger’s actions and thoughts were driven by a fear that was established by psychological and sociological damage. From the beginning of the novel the reader is aware of the relationship between the whites and the blacks. The first scene to show the damaged psychology of Bigger and all African Americans is when Bigger and his black friend Gus act as though they were white. They pretend they are white people in different situations and take turns becoming the “leader”. This scene is crucial in showing how obvious the social fractures are and the damage it has caused to African American sociology.
In so doing, she points out how the very whiteness of a person serves as an invisible protection to each and every moment of his/her life. Peggy McIntosh’s article is a very useful text in dealing with the issue of racism. The enumeration of small details taken for granted by the privileged whites and males depicts how whites and males even without the intention of benefiting from being white and without them being aware of it, are in the process enjoying the advantages of racism. Although McIntosh seems to make it appear that whites and males are experiencing the same things and that they are uniformed in their experiences, I take it to mean that McIntosh is not referring to individual experiences of people of white color. I rather think that McIntosh is referring to the failure of the system to eradicate the existence of racism in the society.
Garcon is a hero, not because of the way he performed when his country was in turmoil, but because of the way he was able to go out, strap on his pads, and proudly represent his people despite being affected emotionally by the earthquake. Pierre Garcon’s family described him as an honorable young man. At the age of 23, Garcon inspired many people to believe that just because someone comes from a poverty stricken community, it doesn’t mean that they’re entitled to live there forever. Despite having the earthquake flowing through his mind, Garcon knew that he still had an obligation to perform on the football field. Football is his job, his dream, his one true love.
These walls are lined with negative stereotypes about blacks and positive stereotypes about whites. How a black persons only hope is to try and blend in with those white walls in order to prosper at all. Our society has in many ways portrayed all things dark as bad and all things white as good. Look at “Temptation of Christ”, a painting by Ary Scheffer in 1854 which depicts
How the story flows in this film is like there is an uneducated black kid who needs a help, then the white person came up to be the savior, and the problem solved by the white person becoming the legal guardian of the black kid and they live happily ever after. Alternatively, it strengthens the stereotype about black people in the eyes of the white people. The whites construct the blacks into people who can be underestimated, looked down on or laughed at and yet, they actually have a fear about the black people. This film implicitly tells the spectators that the position of white people in society seems to be more superior to the black ones; meanwhile the existence of black people makes the whites feel apprehensive. Even so, the whites also need the blacks to be around and it makes the blacks look more superior unintentionally.
Jim Crow was a way of life, not just a set of unjust laws. African-Americans were treated as second class citizens. “Jim Crow represented the legitimization of anti-black racism. Many Christian ministers and theologians taught that whites were the Chosen people, blacks were cursed to be servants, and God supported racial segregation. Craniologists, eugenicists, phrenologists, and Social Darwinists, at every educational level, buttressed the belief that blacks were innately intellectually and culturally inferior to whites.