Remember the Titans Research Argument - Elizabeth Small...

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Elizabeth Small Mika - Lindsey Ouellette Rhetoric and Composition 2 16 December, 2016 Remember the Titans Back when the colors black and white were shown as symbols of status and class, a football team was created at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. In April of 1971, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling after the case Brown vs. Board of Education that ended all state imposed segregation in public schools (Velez 1). The wall that separated black and white students came crashing down, and the integration of colored students into the white school systems began. At the same time, a football team was being created at a large high school in Alexandria, VA. The first integrated football team in the South came about. The Titans had always been an all-white team, but now introduced black players - along with a black head coach. In a culturally sensitive time, this type of integration was unheard of. The players had to work together to overcome prejudices on both the colored and noncolored sides of the teams. The movie Remember the Titanswas created in a time when the segregation of students, schools, and cultures was at an alltime high in the late 1960’s and into the early 70’s. 44 % of African– American students attended majority white schools in the South in the early 1970’s (West's Encyclopedia of American Law). Even though the statistic seems to have been improved from the 0% 20 years prior, the black students still faced continuing segregation in their everyday lives. Although the schools were technically desegregated, racism was still
running rampant in both the schools in the South and their communities. By bringing black and white football players together to form one team, racism was effectively reduced in the high school and community by exemplifying that two the races can live together in peace. In many different aspects of life, the mixing of the players helped to reduce or alleviate the racism that hung over the south in the 1970’s. Reduced discrimination was seen throughout the community, for example, when white store owners in the movie started letting black and gay football players into their shops. The white community as a whole started to accept people of color more into their environment after this. The parents of black and white football players started to accept each other, and this reflected in the community, showing sceptical members of the community that neither race was bad.

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