Essay On Remember The Titans - Racism
(Meyers, 2003)A couple of experiments have also proven that schemas persist even in the face of contradicting evidence.This, dubbed as the perseverance effect, applies both to the way we see other people and the way we see ourselves. In fact, a couple of scenes portray people " both Caucasians and African-Americans " applying schemas and stereotypes in sizing up the people around them.The movie starts with a white football coach Bill Yoast leading an all-white football team.Because of a court-ordered integration, Yoast later learns of losing his head coach position to Herman Boone, an African-American.At first refusing Boone’s offer to have him as assistant head coach, Yoast later accepts upon seeing how most of his players are willing to give up their spot in the football team if he is not around.The movie unfolds with depictions of how Boone and Yoast worked hard towards uniting the white and black members of their football team.
Pictures of how the townspeople react to the combination of white and black players in one team were shown all throughout the film.And since blacks were also generally taken for animalistic and physically violent, most establishments before have refused them service.These stereotyped descriptions of them have also led whites to brand them as ‘monkeys’.The emphasis on these social psychological phenomena will be more apparent when the film takes us to the start of the integration of the black and white players of the T. He says, “We don’t need your people in the team.” This attitude is solidified when Boone asked his players to get to know a teammate of a different race until they already knew each and every team member. You can take those boys out back and pick it out from the kitchen.” (Bruckheimer & Boaz, 2000) Boone was also open to these discriminations.Here are lines from the white player Ray Budds, displaying the way he viewed the African-American player Petey Jones based on his pre-conceived schemas: Ray Budds (white): What’s your daddy’s name? When a Caucasian coach was asked if he is willing to work with Boone, he answered, “I’m not gonna do anything to help that monkey.” Bad as it sounds, Negroes have been stereotyped as having no regard for their families, lazy, and self-indulgent, which was why Ray Budds asked Petey Jones those questions.Schemas are our “organized beliefs and knowledge about people, objects, events, and situations” (Meyers, 2003) and schematic processing is the process by which we match a schema with the data that we are handed out. Meyers (2003) even writes that most of the time, we are unaware that this processing of information is taking place.And with our schemas, we are able to generalize about the characteristics of a certain group of people.” (Bruckheimer & Boaz, 2000) This reflected that she already ahs this pre-conceived notion that “white girls” are crazy.Other scenes also illustrate how schemas can actually lead us to form concepts of ourselves.But with the team’s winning streak, which leaves them undefeated for the whole season, the whole town came to realize that this is not about being black or white " they learn from the team that it is indeed time to accept the changes and embrace people from different races.The Titans became, for them, a symbol of unity and was instrumental in bringing the people of the town closer to each other, regardless of race.