This ensured that every team member had to take part, and they learnt about each other in the process.
Coach Boone frequently reminds his team “the best player will play, colour won’t matter,” which enforces equality among the players. Boone says that choosing players isn’t a matter of favoritism, and that it “doesn’t matter if you’re black, white or green.” This factor ensures that the white team members understand that there is no hierarchy within the team; that the blacks are not inferior. Boone is focused on ensuring everyone understands that they are of equal importance.
‘Remember the Titans’ is a film that revolves around prejudice, discrimination and the factors that may reduce prejudice. Coach Boone is present as the key person involved in trying to reduce prejudice. Through the use of factors such as sustained contact, mutual interdependence, superordinate goals and equality of status, Boone ensures that unity is maintained between all members of the team. This is done by encouraging them to understand each other for who they are, emphasizing that their skin colour does not matter and making sure they understand that they are all equally important in achieving their goals.
Grivas, John, and Linda Carter. Psychology for the VCE Student. Milton, Qld.: John Wiley & Sons