The movie "Remember the Titans" is a movie about victory over racial disparity. The essay shows that the formula used by the coaches and football team in this movie can be used to bridge other seemingly insurmountable gaps. It all starts with communication one to one.
In "Remember the Titans”, high school football players overcome racial diversity. Based on real events, Titans takes place in 1971, when T.C. Williams high school in Alexandria, VA is desegregated. (Movie Habit. (n.d.) The team and coaches work together to create a winning football team and end up with a formula that reduced the racial tension in the entire community. The formula they used to overcome racial tension can be used as an example to overcome other group conflicts. The formula is building one to one relationships, plus building group to group relationships, equals a new and better group or community. Building One to One Relationships
Herman Boone has been hired as a black head coach by the newly integrated T.C. Williams High School. Boone’s hiring is greeted with hostility by the white coaching staff, players, and the community and is a personal insult to existing head coach Bill Yoast. The first one to one relationship begins when Boone offers Yoast, an assistant coaching position. Yoast and Boone build a one to one relationship and urge the players to do the same. The coaches take their players to training camp where Boone requires white and black players to spend time together and even interview each other to learn about each other. Racial strife disappears as the players spend time together at camp. Gerry, the white quarterback, and Julius, a black player, form a one to one relationship that leads to players actually liking each other and working together as a group. Building Group to Group Relationships
The players began to trust each other and so do Boone and Troast. The director gives the audience a glimpse of...
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