Guts, Glory, Greatness Essay

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The inspiring story turned motion picture depicts the story of a high school women’s basketball coach that gets hired as the coach at Texas Western where Coach Don Haskins recruits seven African-American players based on their skill level not the pigment of their skin. Throughout the movie Glory Road Coach Don Haskins’, men’s basketball coach at Texas Western, tone changes from being a critic to a supporting coach with a team that was of mixed races. Coach Haskins shows character traits of a few great people from the civil rights era including Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Maya Angelou. Although Haskins is like some great contributors during the Civil Rights Movement time that ...view middle of the document...

“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such a creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue” (King Jr.236). Through the motion picture Coach Haskins shows that when his men are in trouble he will stand up for them without the use of unnecessary violence, yet still something that cannot be ignored. Martin Luther King Jr. was famous for standing up for what he believed in and that is basically why Don Haskins is well known because he stuck up for his African-American players when no one else would. “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent word of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (King Jr.). Proving that African-Americans are not excepted as promised by the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, but Haskins does not hesitate to recruit them as players for the Texas Western Miners because he knew that all men were created equal and that the color of one’s skin is simply a trait passed onto one by their parents. To recapitulate, Don Haskins shows many character traits that relate a lot to Martin Luther King Jr. and thinks of all his players equally no matter what color their skin.
Although some people may believe that if Don Haskins is similar to Martin Luther King Jr. that he is similar to Malcolm X, but that is not true because Haskins does not retaliate with violence which is something that Malcolm X would easily do. Malcolm X has absolutely no problem with using violence to achieve something, but Don Haskins realizes that fighting fire with fire is not the answer and will only fuel and spark the conflict even more. “In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds” (King Jr.299). This just goes to show that Don Haskins is unlike X since Malcolm X would have fueled the burning fire with his actions while Haskins would peacefully settle the conflict. During the movie the players are constantly criticized for their race no matter how good of players they are. For example when the team is out getting some food Nevil Shed gets beaten in the bathroom and his head shoved in a toilet, the Miners are booed on their own court based on the appearance of the team, and in Seattle the KKK attacks the players hotel room yet the coach simply tells them to leave and keep their heads in the game making it clear that he does not want to pick a fight with the attackers. Coach Haskins proves that retaliating won’t do anything for them and won’t get anywhere in life while on the other hand Malcolm X could have taken down the attackers since he believed that one could not accomplish anything over a short course of time if violence is not used at all. Malcolm X doesn’t exactly believe that...

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