One thing that was quite obvious in the film was the differences between white and Negros. Another thing that I noticed, was the elder "wise" men's dominant role in the society. One in particular was the relationship between the debater James L. Farmer Jr. and his father, James L. Farmer Sr. He spoke to his son like a teacher would talk to his student, if not even stricter, and referred to him as "Junior" instead of his real name. I got the feeling that Mr. Farmer wanted his son to be just like him, successful and intelligent. However, this relationship develops throughout the film when Mr. Farmer realize that his son is quite a remarkable boy, and eventually begins to treat him like he should.
|James L. Farmer Jr.|
The debate team's hard work and their countless victories led to an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. After a cut-throat debate, Tolson's debate team conquers Harvard's champions. Although this was a great milestone, I must say I liked the one that happened some time before was more touching. When "Junior" was leaving to debate, James L. Farmer Sr. hugged his son good bye and for the first time he called his son James, his real name. I think that this shows how proud Mr. Farmer actually was, and the look on his son's face was so touching.