Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey sign the contract that broke baseball’s color barrier in the uniform of the Kansas City Monarchs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
How many, who were angry about President Obama being elected in 2008, figured he wouldn’t get a second term and are now really outraged.
I thought back to a historical lesson. I’m the son of two Brooklyn Dodgers fans. The Dodgers of course chose Jackie Robinson. Branch Rickey went through the entire gamut of things Robinson would face. He asked Robinson not to retaliate for the first three years. “Mr. Rickey, do you want a Negro who is afraid to fight back?” Jackie asked.
“No! ” Mr. Rickey said sharply. “I want a Negro with the courage NOT to fight back!”
In a game in Cincinnati, Dodger player Pee Wee Reese, a native of Louisville, Kentucky put his arm around Jackie’s shoulder. The catcalls stopped.
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