A movie that comes to my mind that is a great example of prejudice and bias would be the movie Remeber the Titans with Denzel Washington. In this movie Denzel becomes the head football coach at a desegregated high school by the name of T. C. Williams. The other head coach had stepped down and offered the an assisting position to the coach. He refused. The Caucasian players did not want to be coached by an African American so they threatened to boycott if he did not participate and be the assisting coach. He finally agreed in lieu of not losing the players and scholarships. There was always a confrontation between some of the black and white players. Throughout the football season they had to battle racial prejudice within their team and the community as well. As the movie plays on they become one and learn how to play as a team and be there for one another. They went on to go to the semi-finals and Denzel was told that if he lost one game that he would get fired. This is just one example of how powerful prejudice and bias can be in one’s life. This is true story based off the life of an African American head coach Herman Boone.
This example diminished equity because the blacks even the coach did not have equality.
They were racially profiled from the beginning because of their race and how no one wanted a black coach or black players on the team. There was no equality on the field even between the players because of the colors of their skin. Because of their racial differences the African Americans were taunted and made fun of and the coach was not respected until they learned how to come together in unity and work together as a team in order to become a team.
This incident made me feel sorry for the ones who could not see past color in order to play the game that they all loved which was the game of football. Growing up as an African American was already hard enough for the young men and the coach and to be picked out to be picked on was just mean and cruel. The sad thing about it is that we are still facing bias, prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. I can only imagine how they felt when all the racial profiling, bias, and prejudice remarks were being displayed against the “blacks.”
In the end all the players and coaches changed in order for an opportunity of greater equity. The team learned how to become one. Through the rigorous and stern coaching done by Coach Boone that included an early morning run to Gettysburg, and a motivational speech, the team beat the bias, racial, prejudice, and discriminatory slurs and became a great and successful football team that went on to win the state semi-final football game.