J. PHARAOH DOSS

There was a movie called “Remember the Titans.” It was set in Virginia when public schools were under federal mandate to integrate. One high school hired a Black head football coach. The former White head coach decided to work under the new Black coach. Naturally, there was tension between the Black and White players, but the team bonded during training camp.

The coaches didn’t.

They still had differences, mainly temperament and treatment of players.

During the first game the Black coach berated a Black player for missing a block, then benched him. The Black player went to the bench and pouted. The White coach comforted the Black player then tried him out on defense. The Black player performed well and the team won.

But the Black head coach felt the Black player lost out.

Sports are life simulators and the Black coach felt the White coach deprived the Black player of a life lesson. In the coach’s office the Black coach confronted the White coach about challenging his authority by attempting to protect players from “the big bad” head coach. The White coach defended his actions by saying some players don’t respond well to public criticism.

Then the Black coach asked, which players…

The Black coach said he’s hard on the White players, but the White coach doesn’t comfort or try to protect them. The Black coach said he may be mean, but he’s mean to all of them. Then he said the world doesn’t give a damn how sensitive these boys are, especially the Black ones. He told the White coach, he’s not helping them, he’s crippling them for life.

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