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Left Side, Strong Side Essay

1224 words - 5 pages

Darian Greenbaum

K. Baker

English 1100

13 November 2012

Left Side, Strong Side

Remember the Titans is a film directed by Boaz Yakin bases in 1971 when discrimination, prejudice, and racism was still a way of life. Due to a court order, three high schools in Alexandria, Virginia were forced to integrate their students and faculty for the first time. Consequently, Coach Bill Yoast, a prominent, white member of the community and longtime head coach of the T.C. Williams High School football team, is asked to step down. Herman Boone is appointed to replace him as the school's first black faculty member and head football coach. The new coach faces many challenges; the newly ...view middle of the document...

It was a moving scene, where he explained that this spot was a battleground of hatred, where many lives were lost. The pivotal point in the team’s continuity began with Julius’s and Gerry’s leadership after they realized how hatred could effect so many lives. It was a specific scene where Gerry made a bold move to strike Julius’s shoulder yelling, “left side”. At first Julius is hesitant, but responds, “strong side” (Remember). They go back and forth passionately to get the team pumped up. After the other players saw how two teammates (regardless of color) should act, the team started to block for each other, they played with intensity, and formed a bond that was unheard of at that time. After camp, being home with the rest of the community truly tested their loyalty to one another. They were the only ones in the town that could look past color. D.E. Campbell states in his article “Racism and Schools” that although vast improvements have been made since Brown v. Board of Education, more needs to be done. He stated that in 2010 over 40,000 cases of racial discrimination in schools had been reported (Racism).
An exceptional scene in Remember the Titans was when Gerry finally yelled at a fellow white player, Ray for not blocking a black player, Rev. This was an intense moment because Gerry and Ray had a great friendship, however, Gerry was not going to tolerate his behavior any longer. During this scene it shows the look on the rest of his teammates faces, in shock that he had just yelled at another white player for not blocking someone of color. It was a respectable moment and Gerry’s teammates began to follow his lead. The next morning in the locker room in between practices, a black teammate, Blue Stanton makes a “your mama” joke to Gerry. At first Gerry gets defensive and upset but his newfound friend, Julius, chimes in and cracks a joke back at Blue in defense of Gerry. He realizes it was not meant to be hurtful, but was meant to break the ice and spark yet another black and white friendship amongst the team.
Sunshine, a white player made “let em’ through” a powerful line during a desperate time in one of their final games. Sunshine, the backup quarterback was called in after their first string quarterback, Reggie was injured intentionally by a white player on the opposing team. Sunshine knew that it was on purpose so he told one...

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