The infamous scene and game-opener of the mighty Titans coming onto the field in song and dance is arguably my favorite part of the movie. Not only was this a sign of unity between the teammates, but it also sent a clear message to the community members. Segregation was still how the community dynamics were set up, so to see this take the field sent a clear message that together they could be mighty. And so, the chain reaction began.
Something had to happen for the moment of realization to take place. For a new coach and two teams colliding as one to be the spark for change, proved it was possible. While it could have been easy for a few teammates to refuse to join in on this song and dance, they all participated. They took it upon themselves to come together and show their families and community that joining races and living in harmony is possible.
I look around the world we live in today, and I say more and more “what a time to be alive.” And I do not always mean that in a good way. As I watch the news, I shake my head at the divisiveness stirring from the top all the way down. It is hard to witness the steps back we have taken as minorities are punished for their presence. America is a melting pot, and it was never intended to be a cookie-cutter country. We have done ourselves the greatest disservice in thinking that there is a superior race and snub those who look different than us.
We are a team, much like the Titans. They were the role models in their community to show that they were playing the same game and willing to set aside the differences that made them strong together. We need to start acting like we are playing the same game and working towards the same goal. It will not be an easy endeavor, as history has proven that much. Generations then and generations now have had the opportunity to create change to welcome inclusiveness and acceptance, but we have yet to have a lasting fix.
Over the last year or so, I have seen the start of efforts to move towards this idea of acceptance and equality, but we still have much ground to cover to make the change stick. It seems for every step we take forward something happens that pushes us two steps back. If Remember the Titans taught us one thing it was that we have the capability to tear down barriers and crush the stereotypes of those different from us if we are willing to stand up and join something bigger than our self. It is about time we commit to the start of a movement.
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