as someone who never watches tv, i didn’t see the hype about the april 15th anniversary of jackie robinson becoming the first black american to play professional baseball.
that was sixty-five years ago.
many barriers to equality have been broken and many yet remain.
the few pictures i did see were quite moving.
one truly interesting detail about the anniversary was the occurrence of references to sanford, florida.
yes, that sanford.
the same one where zimmerman stood his ground.
the year before he began playing for the majors, robinson’s minor league team based their spring training in sanford. but the white residents of sanford didn’t want this black athlete in their town.
from the nation:
…The mayor of Sanford was confronted by what the author describes as a “large group of white residents” who “demanded that Robinson…be run out of town.”
The Mayor caved. On March 5th, the Royals were informed that they would not be permitted to take the field as an integrated group. Rickey was concerned for Robinson’s life and sent him to stay in Daytona Beach. His daughter, Sharon Robinson, remembered, “The Robinsons were run out of Sanford, Florida, with threats of violence.”
it helps to explain why the police seemingly made so many awful decisions in the wake of the trayvon shooting.
it’s just the way some people have always done business.