Remember the Titans is a film based on the true story of Coach Herman Boone, who tries to integrate a racially divided team. In 1970, the Supreme Court ruling in Swann v Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education permits busing students to achieve racial integration.
In 1971, T. C. Williams High School hires a black head coach, Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), to lead the school's newly desegregated football team. Bill Yoast (Will Patton), a nominee for the Virginia High School Hall of Fame, becomes the team’s defensive coordinator.
During their practices, black and white football team members often clash in racial conflicts. The biggest fights occur between the white captain, Gerry Bertier (Ryan Hurst), and black player, Julius Campbell (Wood Harris). In time, Boone is able to achieve racial harmony on the team. Bertier and Campbell become close friends.
Many people in the community do not want a black coach at their high school. The loss of even a single game will result in Coach Boone losing his job. The Titans go through a winning season and the team slowly gains support from the community.
T. C. Williams High’s football players and their coaches confront not only the internal pressures of integration, but also the external pressures of political unrest due to the Vietnam War. To become champions despite formidable odds against them is a tribute to the character of T. C. Williams High, its football team, and their coaches. It is also a testament to the power of the human spirit in overcoming the most extraordinary obstacles imaginable.
In this story behind the movie, go back in time to experience what it is like to be in the middle of a school that is being integrated for the first time. Meet the T. C. Williams High School football players and coaches from the historic 1971 season. Learn about the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War and decide for yourself if America had a place in this controversial war.
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Remember the Titans is a film from 2000 displaying a true story of a racially divided football team from the 1970s. The movie highlights the relationships of the black and white people, and how they learned to interact with each other in a time when this was not the way of life. It brings up a number of questions throughout, of what is right and what is wrong, and really challenges the characters, making it a very interesting movie to watch. I have seen this movie many times, and each time I feel like I get something new out of it. It is a movie that can be used as a teaching tool, it does a great job of interpreting not only what was happening in the United States of America at that time, but social psychology concepts through real life…show more content…
The text explains that, “They may label each other as “enemies,” view their own group as morally superior, draw the boundaries between themselves and their opponents more firmly, and, under extreme conditions, may come to see the opposing group as not even human” (Baron & Branscombe, 2012). I would not say that the characters in the movie took this idea as far as the text explains, but there were many examples of this happening. The first example would be between the coaches. Coach Boone was given Coach Yoast’s coaching position, and offers him an assistant position for the team. Coach Yoast accepts the position, only for his players, but ensuring that his old assistant gets a job as well. Now that the teams have integrated, there really is not enough room for all the coaches, and it seems like each group is looking out for their ‘own.’ Coach Boone also has his assistant working with him, so now this makes four different coaches for T.C. William’s football team. With all of this happening the two white coaches and the two black coaches are not 100% getting along. They do not agree with one another’s ideas and have clear prejudices about one another, displaying the realistic conflict theory. They all want to be doing the same thing but there were not enough spots, so they think negatively of each other and often butt heads. This same idea moves onto the players. Each player, black and white, had their spot on their old team where they were