HOW SPORTS HELPED DIMINISH RACISM
In the movies, Remember the Titans and The Blind Side, the politics of different races competing on the same team for sports always came into play. Although many people started off as judgmental, it was mainly fear of the unknown, and with the help of sports involving different races in social situations, integration was made possible.
Remember the Titans is a film based on a true story of a high school football team in Alexandria Virginia. T.C Williams High School was on the verge of integrating and being one of the first schools to integrate in America. However a mass protest was being held against the integration of the school due to the brutal murder of a black student. Nevertheless the school still integrated in the summer of 1971, which eventually led to individual change in many of the members of the community.
The film, The Blind Side, takes place in present day, highlighting the social and still very racist views of some citizens. Michael Oher is a homeless teenager. He has been passed along in school over the years, and has been discarded by society. That is until Leigh Anne Tuohy sees Michael walking in the cold one night. She took Michael in and gave him everything he needed. Including helping him get everything he needed for a full football scholarship regardless of his race, or where he came from in the past. This social message helped the students, teachers, as well as the parents in their society realize that integration is a positive thing, which changed many perspectives.
Racism and Discrimination has been a part of sports in North American society ever since we began to play here. In the early 20th century, whites and blacks began to compete against each other in sports like football, basketball, and horse racing. Before this everything was separated for different races. This was a step toward integration in this country until the white athletes and managers decided to ban interracial...
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