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Will Boas ENG 111: Rhetorical Analysis 9/21/2010 Remember the Titans: “Coach Boone’s Speech” "United we stand, Divided we fall" is a phrase that has been used in mottos, from nations and states to songs. The basic concept is that unless people are united, it is easy for them to be destroyed. This is a counter to the idea of “maxim divide and rule.” This philosophy is applicable in practically any context, including the 2000 movie “Remember the Titans.” In 1971, the recently desegregated T. C. Williams High School hires African American head coach Herman Boone. It is determined that if Boone loses one game, he will be fired. Boone replaces the current white head coach who has been nominated for the Virginia High School Hall of Fame, but in a show of respect offers him a position as assistant coach. After initially rejecting the offer, Yoast, the former coach, accepts it after the Caucasian players pledge to boycott the team if he isn’t a coach. As a result, the team is extremely segregated due to the time period and location of the film. Located in Virginia, a state known for its history of slavery and racial segregation, there was a lot of hatred and persecution simply because of another person’s skin color. Being in 1971 only escalated the tension after recent civil rights laws were passed that guaranteed equal rights to all. The team travels to Gettysburg College for training camp before the season starts to grow as a team. Training camp is meant to sharpen the skills of the players, while at the same time it promotes teambuilding and builds character. While segregated, the team is in disarray, both on and off the field. There is no teamwork or team unity whatsoever. On the field, players of different color would not work together. Because of the color of their teammate’s skin, the
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Titans would not block for one another, hold their respective assignments, or simply put themselves on the line for their teammates. Off the field, there were frequent fights between the players of different races over things like waiting in line for water during practice and putting up posters on the wall in the dorm rooms.
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