42/Remember the Titans
42 is a movie about Jackie Robinson and how he was the first African American to play baseball in the MLB. He faced a lot of adversities like racism. People don't like the fact that there is an African American playing baseball with white men. Throughout the movie you can see how the racism and discrimination against Jackie changes. You see people starting to accept that they are equal to us and deserve to be treated as such. The audience learned and could see that racism is wrong and it hurts the ones who are discriminated against. Jackie overcame all of this racism and discrimination to become one of the best baseball players of all time. He also made big contributions in helping stop racism and inequality just by doing what he did best.... Playing baseball!
Remember the Titans is a movie about a football team who is integrating. Whites and African Americans were always kept separate until now. The two schools joined and a lot of people were very upset. Mothers were protesting that they didn't want their children to go to school with African Americans. This was only one of the ways that racism is shown in this film. As the film goes on and the team gets closer to each other, you see the race and hate change. White parents were cheering for their football team even though there were blacks playing on their team. People started accepting the African Americans and not discriminating against them as much. There was still a lot of racism but this is the first time that African Americans see change. The audience learns how race and discrimination affects everyone and how wrong it is.
Race and discrimination is still a problem today. Minority groups such as African Americans will always face stereotypes and discrimination. Race is not as big of a problem now as it was back when the movies were placed. Affirmative action is the policy of favoring members of a disadvantaged group who are perceived to suffer from discrimination. Affirmative action is trying to help all those minority groups that have been discriminated against. It is used to ensure that they have equal rights and opportunities as everyone else. Race has made some societies stronger and others weaker. Race was a much bigger deal in the films than it is today. Today, minorities do face racism but it's not like what we say in the films. In the films, the racism and discrimination is much more violent and out in the open. A lot more people were racist back in that time period. Today, most people have learned that people are people, no matter the race.
I have learned through this unit that your race does not define who you are. Race and discrimination against minorities is wrong and should stop. Our society has evolved with race but it need to continue to do so. Millions of people are still discriminated against every day even if it is not to the extent as it was in the films. I have learned that discrimination and prejudice is wrong. I have also learned that you can not judge a book by its cover. You shouldn't discriminate agains someone just because they don't look like you. Everyone is different, same race or seperate.