The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression

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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.

Julius-Campbell-and-Gerry-Bertier-remember-the-titans-6369177-760-736This 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.”remember the titans

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.

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4 thoughts on “The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression

  1. Dionna
    Great post as always. This movie was a great example of how we see bias,prejudice, and oppression. I believe this nation has come all long way with people being prejudice, but we have a long ways to go. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hello,
    I saw this movie several times, and it is very heart warming. I loved how two of the players (from different races) who didn’t get along well at all, became very close. This movie was indeed a great example. Great post!

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  3. Great blog post! I loved this movie and I think this is a perfect example of how we need to live in this world! Coach Boone was a great coach! I think people need to look past race and truly look at their skills and how they can help change the world!

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  4. Great blog Dionna, this is one of my all time favorite movies. There were so many examples of prejudice, bias, and oppression in this movie, it is funny that now that I think back on verses parts of the movie I can clearly see how much. I did view racism in the movie, however now learning about the different issues that center around diversity I have better understanding of all that took place not only in the movie but also many years ago when the true story took place. The movie shows how well we can all live, work, play, and learn with and from each other if we just give someone different a chance.

    Michell

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