Remember the Titans
Remember the Titans was based on a true story. Back in 1971, the high schools in Alexandria, Virginia were forced to integrate an all-black and all-white school into T.C. Williams High School. A young black coach, Herman Boone who was new to the community was then hired to replace Bill Yoast, as the head coach of that school. At first Coach Yoast wanted to pursue his opportunities elsewhere, but in the end he changed his mind and stayed to be Coach Boone’s assistant after his students vowed to sit out the season unless he coaches. At the school’s training camp, tension built between the white and black players. But with Coach Boone’s guidance, the team comes together, and slowly unites the whole community. In this movie, the psychological concepts that are applied are racism, persuasion and contact hypothesis. Racism is the prejudice and discrimination formed based on a person’s racial background (Franzoi, 2009). It was shown by the players when they found regarding the changes, where Coach Yoast was replaced by Coach Boone, and they way they acted towards it. They refused to play for the team unless Coach Yoast agrees to continue coaching them. Besides that, the players also showed their prejudice at the very first time when the team met to board the bus to go for the training camp. The black and white students went into separate buses as they refused to accept each other. Another psychological theory that can be observed is peripheral route to persuasion. It is a type of persuasion that takes a more roundabout way by appealing to a person’s emotions and subjective side (Franzoi, 2009). A person is more likely to accept something that manages to associate with positive feeling. In the movie, the scene where this concept was approached was on one of the nights during the training camp. Coach Boone woke the entire team up at 3 a.m. and made them go for an early morning long run to an old battlefield. He then told them how 50,000 men died right...
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