Remember the Titans

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Sherry Holloway
Analysis Essay
Remember the Titans
Based on actual events that took place in 1971, this movie is about the racial and social tensions of the South. Alexandria, Virginia is a community torn apart by racial hatred and the order to integrate their public high schools. Reluctantly, the school board replaces Bill Yoast (Will Patton), the popular white coach, with Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), a reputable black coach, as head coach of the T.C. Williams Titans football team. Yoast, under an invitation from Boone, accepts the position as coach of the defensive line. Together they inspire, not just the team, but the town to “Trust the soul of a man rather than the look of him.” This is a brilliant movie that not only entertains, but teaches a life changing lessons. Remember the Titans shows its viewers to look further than a person’s outward appearance and look at a person’s soul. Racism and football is the backdrop for the clash of leadership styles and personal perspectives that each man must learn and understand in order to become a winning team. Furthermore, this movie goes beyond the lesson of racism, it also teaches unity, trust, loyalty, and integrity.

First, while they are at football camp the racial tensions come to a head and cause an outpour of hatred as the coaches integrate the all-white team with the all-black team. It’s not until one white player is partnered with one black player and forced to find out personal information do they start to realize they are all somewhat the same on the inside. Another lesson that came out in this part of the film is that not all prejudices occur between different ethnic groups. Ronnie Bass (Kip Pardue) arrives at football camp, with long blonde hair, just having moved from California. The team quickly nicknames him “Sunshine” because they assume that since he is from California and has long hair, he must be gay.

Next, unity is brought to light when the captain of the all-white team,...
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