Remember the Titans

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In the movie Remember the Titans, racial tensions between team members, friends, and even parents with their children are apparent on and off the field as the Titans, newly integrated, make their state championship run. Three main conflicts arise during the film: that of Coach Yoast and Coach Boone, their children, and Gerry Bertier, attempting to make the rest of the world accept his new “brother”, Julius Campbell, an African – American. Coach Yoast and Coach Boone begin with an interesting relationship; they are two phenomenal coaches, seemingly united by a desire to win. However, as the movie evolves, differences arise between the two. Coach Yoast, who acts as assistant coach under Coach Boone, starts off on bad terms with Coach Boone by showing obvious favoritism for his all-white football team. Soon after this, Coach Boone puts him in his place by showing that he does not see color like the others do; he sees football players, and that is how he will decide on the starting lineup. If they show him commitment, dedication, hard work, and, most importantly teamwork, they can overcome the differences that they should not see. Boone and Yoast’s conflicts are as shallow as race, and are not truly about a different coaching style as they make it out to be; Boone is depicted as the type of dedicated coach who is willing to put aside any prejudices he has to win, and to teach the players valuable lessons. Yoast, however, views his white players as superior to the black players. Yoast also constantly challenges Boone’s authority, talking to the players after Boone chews them out. Boone believes that the only way to improve someone is by hardening them, while this constructive criticism given by coach Yoast only weakens them to problems that they encounter in the real world. Their children have many of the same problems; they have different styles, have different interests, and, most importantly one is black and one is white. Sheryl,...
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