Remember The Titans

Marcella Varela, Staff Writer

Jerry Bruckheimer and Boaz Yakin collaborated on the 2000 American biographical sports film “Remember the Titans”. An allegory on racial harmony, “Remember the Titans” follows the rules of a sports movie. We often find ourselves confused about whether we should be cheering for tolerance or touchdowns when triumphs against racism and successes against competing teams swap so quickly. 

Racism was a really big thing during the time (1971) in Virginia which interfered with the team’s bond. There was always a battle between races, and when the new coach joined the school it became a really big problem for the other coach because he got moved down for the other coach to become head coach, but the other coach was a different skin color. Both coaches had different experiences coaching and most of it was because of skin color. The team had to figure out how to work with other races and not allow it to create problems playing together. Once the team grew a good bond and they all became friends, they became a better team overall

After participating in all thirteen games during the 1971 regular season of football, Gerry Bertier suffered injuries in a car accident that left him permanently paralyzed from the waist down. His friend Julius was really worried about him, but most people thought it was weird they were friends because of their different races, but they never let that stop them. Even they had problems playing together at the beginning of the movie. When they had football camp and they found out it would be a mix of black and white people with a new coach, everyone thought of it as a big problem. For example, Julius was acting selfishly and just thinking about himself on the field, and Gerry questioned him. Because the other white players aren’t doing their jobs, Julius thought that he shouldn’t be protecting anyone except himself. 

Sports is just one area that race should not be a factor. Sports and life should be nonjudgmental and should be based on teamwork and bonding and putting on your best performance.