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Copy of "Remember the Titans" ethical case study presentation
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the Penn State circumstances, Coach Boone
and Coach Yoast had the duty to act in a way
that acknowledged each individual's dignity.
The immoral acts of segregation should not have
continued in reply to an individual's inclination
(their want/desire only to associate with their
own race). The Story The Conclusion: The Dilemmas "Remember the Titans" Ethical Case Study Notes Important
Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Set in 1971
Civil Rights Movement.
Takes place in
Alexandria, VA. Racial prejudice was
prominent and the leaders within the community were
pushing integration. T.C. Williams High School
football team, the Titans, begins
a new season playing for their
new head coach,
African-American, Coach Boone. Coach Boone takes the position
of, Caucasion, Coach Yoast, former head coach of the Titans. Coach Yoast was recently nominated for a place in the VA. High School Hall of Fame. Coach Yoast becomes the team's defensive
coordinator. The team begins an exhausting
three week pre-season camp during which
much racial tension and many ethical dilemmas
are apparent. The team is forced to participate
in rigorous practices and undergo
"personal transformation" that includes
developing tolerance, acceptance, and respect
for their teammates of opposite color. The team returns, integrated, to a,
still, racially segregated and intolerant
community. They begin their series of
games and go on to play in the
Championship game. Despite many ethical quandaries,
the team prevails as the winning
Championship team. Both the team
members and the community
develop a sense of acceptance
towards one another and begin
to celebrate the concept of
racial integration. Think of the situations just shown and described:
Is Coach Boone using the team as a means to an end?
Are the individuals able to exhibit their own will and liberty?
Is the dignity of each individual being infringed upon?
Using Kant's concept of a Universal Maxim and his theory
involving 3 Contrasts we believe: Coach Boone acts in such a way
that can be classfied as moral. He enforces principles of RESPECT
and INTEGRATION; both of which could/will be enforced as Universal
Maxim within the team and community. Kant's Theory
Contrasts 1. We are all rational beings.
2. Every person is worthy of respect.
3. Dignity is treating a person as an
end in oneself.
4. Human capacity for reason allows
for the capacity for freedom of each
INDIVIDUAL. Contrast #1 Freedom-
Autonomy vs. Heteronomy
*For an individual to be free, he or she
must be acting autonomously.
Contrast #2 Morality-
Duty vs. Inclination
*One must do the right thing for the right
Contrast #3 Reason-
Categorical Imperative vs. Hypothetical
*Let the consequences be what they may,
there is some objective, absolute task
that you should, must, and will do. Kant describes a Universal Maxim
that calls for every person to treat persons
as an end in themselves. One must never treat
a person as just a means to an end, but as both a
means and an end. Coach Boone enforces and adheres
to principles that call for integration and mutual
respect regardless of race. He does not do so for his own
benefit, such as simply to bring the team together to WIN.
He does so because he recognizes that it is his moral
duty to end the racial prejudice that he sees in front of
him. Though the methods Coach Boone administered
on the team to bring them together may have
seemed unethical, the students opted to stay. They
acted autonomously (not via the force of the Coaches,
or, heteronomously). In the dilemma's displayed throughout
the movie, the characters, such as the Coaches,
did not use the team simply as a means to an end.
They DID treat them as both a means and an end in
themselves. They set standards that would be regarded
by Kant as becoming Universal Maxim. Through disciplined
practices and the application of integregation to the lives of
everyone, including themselves, the Coaches used a means
that resulted in an end that benefited each individuals
dignity and freedom. -The autonomous submission to the rules of
the Coaches and team,
-the Coaches acting on duty and not inclination
(to win, make it into the hall of fame, etc.),
-and the equal treatment of every individual,
their dignity, and their freedom created an end
result that was beneficial and morally right
in nature for all people.
The actions complied with the contrasts and concept
of developing a Universal Maxim of Kant. Sheryl Yoast Louie Lastik Petey Jones &
Ronnie 'Sunshine' Bass Jerry 'Rev' Harris Coach Herman Boone Coach Bill Yoast 'Blue' Stanton Fred Bosley Julius Campbell &
Gerry Bertier Emma Hoyt