From small to huge problems Race, a word that plainly describes what color a persons skin is and what background a person comes from. Many things have happened up to today because of people not accepting the fact that the world was not made for one kind of race to live above the others.
This brief fact is both seen the drama play of Lorraine Hansberry written in the time of the 1950’s called “A Raisin in the Sun” and it is also seen in the movie of “Remember the Titans”.Both have very good examples of racial tensions between black and white communities and also portray a true-life meaning to what people sufferer during the bad times of racism. Coach Boone and Mama both share leadership roles, uniting roles, and also have to overcome attitudes from opposite races.
The difference between both characters is that Coach Boone applies his authority in a much harsher way than Mama. Looking at both works, it is easy to identify many characters that play important roles in enhancing the true conflict between these two communities.First, in the play of “A Raisin in the Sun”, the main characters are Ruth Younger, Walter Lee Younger, Beneatha Younger, Lena Younger (Mama), and Karl Linder. On the other hand, in the movie called Remember the Titans, the main characters are Coach Herman Boone, Coach Bill Yoast, Julius Campbell, Gerry Bertier, and Petey Jones. In each one of these works, it is easy to see that each main character has to deal with tensions in every single moment of the work.
There are many things in common with both works and explaining them briefly will help in the overall understanding of racial tensions.Both stories have an equal level of racial tensions and both works want segregation. In “A Raisin in the Sun”, as the Younger family buys a house in a white neighborhood, the white neighborhood offers the Younger family money so that they will not move in to their white neighborhood. In the movie Remember the Titans, as Coach Boone Moves in to his new house in the town of Alexandria Virginia, it is seen in the movie as how all the white people are looking outside and saying things about black people. The point here is that in both works, each one shows the breaking point of how segregation was wanted.Both works portray white communities as extremely racial for not wanting to have black neighbors. Although the time of each the play is in the 1950’s and the movie is in the 1970’s, the level of racism was about the same because people in the south are still not as used to having black people as authority figures. The thing distinguishes both of these works is also that the play is set in the north and the movie is set in the south.
The north at the time could have been more tolerant to blacks, but on the other hand, the south was still not accustomed to black people being able to hold a place in society or even in a community.Another difference seen is that the play never really shows any interaction with the white community; therefore the play is not as conflictive as the movie. In the movie, there is multiple times in which conflicts dealing with race are seen. Both works also contain the sense of leadership and that leadership is the key to getting through many of the struggles.
In the play, Mama is seen as the person made out of iron, one that takes the reins of her family to lead them. In the movie, Coach Boone is the principle leader in unifying the black and white communities.Both characters express leadership and also make direct decisions, which lead to very important outcomes of both the movie and the play. A main point seen in one of the works is that of dignity. The difference between both works is that dignity is wanted In “A Raisin in the Sun” and in “Remember the Titans”, dignity is not as important.
Lena Younger (Mama) emphasizes that her entire family has always been of extreme dignity and that one of her main goals in life is to maintain the dignity of the family. However, in the movie, dignity is not really sought for.In the movie, becoming unified seems to be the main goal of everybody but mostly of Coach Boone. Also, in the play, unity between white and black people never happens, but in the movie, unity seems to grow as the movie progresses. The background of both works has helped lay out a cushion towards the understanding of black and white communities in both works.
There are two main characters that seem to drive both works to the main point. First, Mama (Lena Younger) is the character that makes the play have a sense of determination and leadership. Second, Coach Boone in the movie is the haracter of leadership and Coach Boone is held very responsible for uniting both the white and black communities as well as helping other people around him to be leaders. A good example demonstrated in the movie was how Coach Boone helps Julius turn from being prejudice and only defending his race to being the leader black leader that coexists on the team with Gerry. Coach Boone makes both Gerry and Julius into leaders and their leadership disperses throughout the entire team without having any segregation. Mama, in the play shows so much initiative as a leader as well as Coach Boone.
She is always hearing conflicts from every single member of her family and she is always the one that resolves them. Mama also brings unity in the play between her family. Mama has to show solidarity even at times of great despair such as the time that Walter losses the money. Mama always connects with the idea that there is no giving up in her life. Mama will always fight for what she wants; in this case, Mama always fights for the best interest of her family. Coach Boone brings unity between the black and white communities by winning the state title and Mama brings unity in her family by guiding her family.The thing that characterizes Coach Boone is that he has a set goal in life and Coach Boone always strives to make that goal possible which is to bring unity as well as making his team perfect. Being the solid character in each one of the works is the job for Coach Boone as well as Mama.
Both Mama and Coach Boone always face adversity in the point that people from other races trying to hurt dignity. Coach Boone faces adversity from day one of him moving into the white neighborhood. Mama also faces adversity but in a lighter way than Coach Boone. Mama faces adversity in the sense that Mr.Lindner is trying to buy her house back from her in the white community. Although it is a lot of money, Mama does not sell the house because selling it would only reaffirm what white people wanted. Selling the house would make Mama’s dignity go down and it would only make white people stronger.
Coach Boone also faces adversity but in a way that was more direct with him. He faces adversity with white coaches, white directors of the school, white neighbors and also with his white players. Many times throughout the movie, Coach Boone is targeted and is not wanted in the town f Alexandria Virginia, but Coach Boone as well as Mama keeps doing his thing because if he left, that would make the white people in the community winners and black people losers. Coach Boone’s family is put into trouble when a brick is thrown through the window of his house. This was a racial act performed by white people and it was done to make Coach Boone aware of the fact that he was not welcomed in the community. The article named “University of Maryland Associate Law Professor’s book addresses racial tensions” addresses this same fact.
In the article, it explains that people still cannot forget about the unfortunate events caused by racial conflicts. The article specially highlights the traumatic effects caused by lynching. It addresses the fact that people don’t really thing about lynching and other racial tensions to be as prominent as before, but in the back of a lot of peoples minds, there is always something present that never lets people forget about racial lynching and such. The article says, “Many memories aren’t in the public record, but were alive in the memory of her black clients”. (Ifill.
Par. 10) The same thing is probably true for the daughters of Coach Boone who probably still think about traumatic times as the ones suffered in the movie. Coach Boone addresses this same fact when Coach Yoast expresses anger when his daughter was put in danger when a brick was thrown into the house of Coach Boone. Coach Boone tells Coach Yoast that maybe now he knows what “his girls go through”. (Titans) It seems that many people don’t remember racial events, but there are some that still look back and remember horrible events as lynching or like stuff seen in the movie.
Although there are many things in common with Mama and Coach Boone, there is one main difference between them. The difference is that Coach Boone applies his authority in a harsher way than what Mama does. Coach Boone does not really show a flaw in his leadership and he expresses an extreme need to make everyone on his team perfect. On the other hand, Mama is way more lenient as to making people follow her desires. Mama does not apply her authority in the way to make other people unhappy. Coach Boone has every intention of making people get along in the movie and he does not stop until he has reached his goal.
The play “A Raisin in the Sun” and the movie “Remember the Titans” both give great view of both, black and white communities. Although there is not much interaction between black and white communities in the play, there is still much material that shows tension. The works are set in different times, but they have just about the same level of racial segregation. In the movie, there is more interaction and therefore the movie has more conflicts. Coach Boone as well as Mama are seen as the leaders in both works. Both are great ways to remember the past and how conflicts between races has almost become extinct although not entirely.Works Cited Hansberry, Lorraine.
A Raisin in the Sun. Black Theater: A 20th Century Collection of the Work of Its Best Playwrights. Ed. Lindsay Patterson.
New York: Dodd 1971. 221-76. Cynthia Dipasquale. (2007, February 2). University of Maryland Associate Law Professor’s book addresses racial tensions. The Daily Record,p. 1. Retrieved November 3, 2010, from ABI/INFORM Complete.
(Document ID: 1208927801). Remember the Titans. Dir.
Jerry Bruckheimer. Perf. Denzel Washington, Will Paton.
2000 Walt Disney Pictures DVD