Race Conflict In Remember The Titans

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Race Conflict in Remember the TitansDuquesne UniversityChester Skinner / MLLS 71411/11/2008In the movie Remember the Titans Gerry and Julius worked to overcome racial issues and eventually resolved their unnecessary conflict. They came to develop an amazing friendship built on trust and respect. They eventually learned to appreciate the meaning of trusting a man for who they are as a person rather than the color of their skin.Early in the movie Gerry and Julius would not acknowledge one another, they were like enemies. When they looked at each other it was with both hatred and fear. They both lived their own separate lives, with their own race, and refused to interact with the other. If they communicated in a civil manner with the other race it was like committing an awful sin. They treated each other with such ignorance and hatred. They couldn't stand each another and hated the way the other one acted.The majority of the time they approached their conflict with avoidance. Avoidance can be characterized as, "denial of the conflict, changing and avoiding topics, being noncommittal, and joking rather than dealing with the conflict at hand" (pg. 138). They did not want to work out their differences. Instead they chose to avoid the topic and not deal with the fact that they were of a different race.When both Gerry and Julius found out that they were going to be on the same football team they didn't want to consider the possibility. They were both so narrow-minded and stubborn which resulted in neither seeing the other side of things. It seemed impossible for these two players to become friends and forget about their racism.As they matured as adults and closer they became, the more they forgot about their differences and the more they defended their friendship. They were too determined to let their teammates hold them back. They would turn out to be great friends and role models for their team and the community.Much of the difference was overcome by dialogue. At first they had very little but over time they were able to grow together. "Dialogue differs from usual conversation because...

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