The Blind Side
The Blind Side is another addition to the recent string of sport movies with a moral (Remember the Titans, Glory Road, The Express, etc.). I do not ever rush to see these movies, but once I do see them I love them. They appeal to many people because they are great stories about sports, but more importantly each of them teaches a lesson. Stories used to be told because they had a point to them, but nowadays most stories (in the form of movies and TV shows) are told because they will make money. The moral of the story is often disregarded and replaced with special effects, sex appeal, violence, etc. The producers of movies and television are looking for something to draw you in and the rest is not important. I am glad to see movies like The Blind Side and Remember the Titans become popular, because the story is not about sports, it is just a component. The story is about human beings.
Many of the movies in this genre have focused on racial tensions. They have highlighted the unChristian ways people of color were treated, and they have pointed out some of the atrocities Americans were guilty of in the past. Unlike these other movies The Blind Side gives us a portrait of the present. Instead of focusing on the racial divide in the past (segregation) it focuses on the racial divide in the present (socio-economical). The main character, Michael Oher, is a black teenager who grew up in the projects, but is now homeless. Because of the efforts of a friend’s father and the football coach he is allowed to enroll in a private Christian school. Michael is a poor black teenager without a home surrounded by rich white kids who live in mansions. It seems as though his life is doomed, until he meets Leigh Anne Tuohy and then things begin to change.
This movie ought to challenge us to contemplate some very real problems that we often ignore. We used to have Christian schools that would not allow a person of color to enroll. Now we have Christian schools that will allow anyone to enroll if they can afford the tuition. Many Christian schools are just as segregated as they were 50 years ago. Should a school wear the name Christian when it excludes so many people? At the end of the movie we are challenged to think about all of the individuals who grew up like Michael, but did not receive the same opportunities. Some of these individuals end up dead, but things could have been different if they were given a chance. These are good kids, with lots of potential, but they end up becoming a product of the environment they live in. If these kids did not have to worry about growing up alone because their parents have either left or are on drugs, then things might be different. If these kids did not have to worry about where their next meal comes from, or being shot when they go outside, then things might be different. If these kids were given a nice place to stay, plenty of food, and a good education, then things might be different. This movie should challenge us to consider what we can do about these problems.
The Tuohy’s are a good Christian family. They did not have to take Michael in. In fact, they were ridiculed by some of their elitist friends for doing this. They did not have to give Michael all the things they gave him, but they did. They had some of the same worries that many of us might have if we were to do the same thing. They worried if he would steal something. They worried about their teenage daughter. They had worries until they got to know Michael. They discovered that he was a great kid who was never given an opportunity. Because the Tuohy’s stepped out and helped this young man when no one else would, their lives were changed forever.