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Coach Herman Boone from Remember the Titans

Coach Boone is an African American football coach hired to coach the T.C. Williams High school football team. The story takes place in 1971 and the school has recently been integrated. The tension between the players, the staff and the city were at an all-time high.  By taking on this role Coach Boone puts himself his team and especially his family at a great danger. Throughout the movie the racial tension causes fights on the team, people throwing bricks at Coach Boones’ home and many other negative things thrown his way. In the end, Coach Boone gets the young men to gel and become a true team in fact, an undefeated team by putting them through some very strenuous training forcing them to bond. The men learn that they have many things in common from Coach Boones activities and the boys gain some genuine friendships many of the friendships with someone of a different race.

I like Coach Boone because he takes on a daunting and dangerous task in the height of civil rights era. He is strict and relentless when attempting to get his team to work together and coaches’ perfection. At the same time his tactics subtlety promotes racial equality and understanding for those who are different from you. Through his strict coaching methods the relationship goes from black against whites, to the team vs. Coach Boone, they do not dislike Coach Boone but they understand in order to make it through his football camp they must set aside their differences. His partner in the story would probably be Coach Yoast, he’s the former head coach of the team and is white so he acts at a mediator for the white players on the team as well as the white community. We sympathize with Coach Boone because he has a difficult task at hand and all the things his family is going through. We empathize with Coach Boone because we recognize the passion in which he tries to get the team to overcome the racial tension.

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