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It is often said that our experiences in the world shape who we are and who we will eventually become. More likely than not these experiences that impact us most occur when we are at our most vulnerable stage in life, adolescence. When we’re young we’re told to shoot for the moon and that if we miss we’ll land upon a star. At this juncture, the world is drastically skewed and landing upon a star seems quite farfetched. We’re closing borders between neighboring countries, refusing to assist innocent refugees, and for some reason we can’t get rid of the unseemly idea that the color of our skin defines who we are. If there was one movie I could choose for everyone in the world to watch in my attempt to bring morality back into an age where we need it most, it would be Remember the Titans.

This film tells the true story of integrating black students into an all-white school in the south and the animosity that followed during the latter part of 20th Century America. Although the topic is substantially controversial the writer, Gregory Allen Howard, found a way to connect to his target audience. Howard uses Americans love of football with a combination of ethos to evoke a connection with the topic and the audience. In the film the two schools that are combined have the two best segregated football teams in the local area, and for purposes of integration the hopes were to create the best athletic department. The boys and some of the coaches unfortunately saw it as an infringement upon their natural day to day lives. However, there was one man who refused to conform to societies wants, he pushed for the boys to work as a team and see each other as equals. This individual had a positive attitude regarding his unorthodox approach when creating a team of brothers rather than a team of separates. He broke down the racial barriers between the football players, the teams, and the community as a whole. He helped the town see that color wasn’t an issue of standard to judge, nor did it determine inferiority: our protagonist Coach Boone.

In an environment filled with societal corruption Coach Boone existed as a living and breathing contradiction. His beliefs later flourished throughout the town, and had everyone exist as one whole community. Although he struggled at first and faced many obstacles he was determined to put up a fight, and help unite the two colors as one. In society today we could use Coach Boone as a role model and apply his lessons of perseverance to the issues we are now incurring and as an example to our youth of how to act in situations of despair. In moments of controversy we should hear Coach Boone’s decisions echo in our lives to prevent race from being an issue in the year of 2017.

Through the various themes of strength, prosperity, friendship, loyalty, overcoming adversity and racism Howard takes us back to a time where societies perspective of race was not quite as optimistic as where we are today. Although in modern times we are slowly reverting to some old ways we have not yet repeated history, and if society would watch a film like this to help them realize that we are still equals I’m positive we could put a steady halt to these issues of cultural dissention we are incurring once again. As a Business Administration Marketing Management major I could look to coach as an example of how to make leadership decisions, and prevent race from being an issue in our work environment. As Coach Boone said it best, “If we don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were.”

 

 

 

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