Remember the Titans
Although it is an inspirational film, the greater messages of tolerance and anti-racism in Remember the Titans are lost in the hype of the Titan’s football victories. To what extent do you agree?
Remember the Titans, directed by Boaz Yakin (2000), is an inspirational film that addresses major issues of tolerance and anti-racism. The film also celebrates success on the football field, however the greater messages explore racism and the friendships that develop as blacks and whites work together to reach a common goal, football victories. Anti-racism is a consistent theme that runs throughout the movie. The movie is set during the 1950’s in the community of Alexandra, a small southern town in the U.S.A. During this time great tension existed between Blacks and Whites. It is within this atmosphere that Blacks and Whites in a college came together to challenge racist attitudes and form friendships. An example of this is shown when the original coach of the titans, Coach Yoast, who is white, has Coach Boone, who is black, over to his house. Coach Yoast has a discussion with Boone about the upcoming coaching position, but he has concerns about a black coach coaching a mixed coloured team. Boone persuades Yoast to make himself the coach of the team, and Yoast the assistant coach. Boone’s attitude to the coaching position is, “The best player will play, colour won’t matter.” (Coach Boone, 08:23). Coach Yoast responds by saying, “From the looks of this situation we got ourselves here it’s about all that does…” (Coach Yoast, 08:27). After this discussion, Yoast accepts Boone to be the Coach saying, “Goodnight coach.” (Coach Yoast, 08:52). This shows two men of different colour respecting each other’s opinions about the matter of race. This is a good example of anti-racism.
Another example is when Coach Boone asks Louie Lasnick up in front of the titans to talk about his roommate. Louie talks about him, but it was a bit