Accepting President Obama.

Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey sign the con...

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...

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.



About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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