By; Logan Sampers
In the movie 42, Jackie Robinson endures some of the worst discrimination that I have ever seen. He must find a way to deal with being called names, and being treated differently. Jackie is treated differently in the different places that the team goes. Sometimes the umpires even called the game unfairly because Jackie Robinson is black. Jackie must overcome this in his attempt to break the color "barrier" in Major League Baseball. By the end of the movie, many of the fans and his teammates accept him in the League.
This is the scene that I remember most about the movie 42. It shows how one o this teammates finally ended up accepting him. This also showed that his team accepts him, and will stand up for him, regardless of what the fans say or do.
In class, we watched a video called A Class Divided. In this video, an elementary teacher did an activity with her class that separated them by the color of their eyes. One day, she gave the green eyed students extra privileges such as; extra recess time, and drinking from the water fountain. The brown eyed students didn't like this very much. The teacher then had the two groups of students read through stack of cards to see how long it took them to read them all. On the day where the green eyed students had the extra privileges, they read through them a lot faster than they usually did. This is because they felt more superior and had more confidence in themselves. When the brown eyed students read through the cards that same day, they read them slower than they usually did. This is because they didn't feel like they were important, and thought that they weren't as good as the green eyed people, which made them read slower. The next day, the teacher gave the special privileges to the brown eyed students. Then the teacher had the students read through the cards again. This time, the brown eyed students read through them faster than normal, and the green eyed students read through them slower than normal. This taught me that by labeling someone by their race, it can cause them to doubt their capabilities. Labeling people by race isn't fair, especially when they can't help the way they look. Race isn't a real thing, it is just an illusion that society has created over time.
In the movie Remember The Titans, a white community must overcome there anti-black ways when the blacks start to move into town. The first test for the town is when the school hires a black football coach. The town as well as the team is against playing with black teammates and under a black coach. The town and team both become closer and closer after enduring a series of events. The town as well as the team eventually decide to give it all a chance, and in the end, it ends up being their best decision yet.
This is the most memorable part of the movie to me. This is when I really started to notice that the team was becoming one, rather than being made up of two "separate" teams. From this point on in the movie, everybody becomes one. The town starts to cheer for the team the same way. This movie is about a lot more than football. It's about overcoming differences and achieving great things at the same time.
Differences and Similarities
Between the two movies, there is a lot of similarities and a lot of differences. The first similarity is that the main goal was to bring blacks and whites together, and stop segregation. In 42, Jackie Robinson was trying to get the rest of the league to accept him, and went through a lot of ridicule while doing so. In Remember The Titans, the goal was to bring a black group of kids and a white group of kids and put them in the same school, and on the same football team. At first, nobody likes the idea, not even the community. Everybody decides to give it a chance, and over time, the team, and even the community, come together as one, and do great things. This similarity taught me that if you stay determined for what you believe in, you can achieve great things. Another similarity between the two movies is that both Jackie Robinson and the team and community in Remember The Titans had determination. In 42, Jackie was determined to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, and he did just that. He changed the game of baseball, into America's pastime. In Remember The Titans, the team and community were determined to come together when they realized that they really had no other choice. A difference that these two movies had was that in 42, it was one man, Jackie Robinson, fighting against everyone else to achieve his goal. At first, he had only a few people that wanted him playing baseball. This differs from Remember The Titans because in Remember The Titans, it is two groups that end up working together. Before the two groups became close, they had the other people in their group. Jackie had nobody. This taught me that no matter what, if you work hard enough and long enough at something, you have a greater chance at achieving your goal.
Is Race and Illusion and Why it's important in our society
In our world today, race is a big issue. We have so many stereotypes, or an idea about something that may not necessarily be true. Many people today still think that whites are superior to blacks. This is not true, and has grown into one of our worlds biggest problems. A lot of great people in history are black, which helps prove that the above statement isn't true. Race, or groups of people based on physical features, is an illusion, or a distraction for society. Our society has turned race into something that it isn't; labeling. They have made it so that people of certain races feel less about themselves. All of the ideas and thoughts about how certain races are better than others, are just prejudiced and wrong. I feel that race is just an illusion, and is just something that society has created to label people the way that they think people are. The truth about race is that it is the genetics of people. The DNA that you have, and where your family came from. You aren't a certain race because of how you look. Race is important in our society because it shows that we are all unique. The importance of race has been turned into something negative by many people, and has had a negative effect on our society. What is something that is supposed to show us that we come from different places, and are different in our own ways, has turned into a way to put people in a certain class that makes them look like something they aren't.