Race: Phil Says, “Comedy”

Jordan, Robinson and Obama

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

There’s a video circulating on the web entitled, “Farewell Video to President Obama.”

During the video, Michael Jordan, when speaking of the President, mentions the legendary Jackie Robinson which caused me to note that, “When Michael Jordan references Robinson he connects 65 years of Civil Rights history and reminds us that like Robinson, President Obama is caring, courageous, committed and incredibly classy.”

Phil replied to my observation with the single word “Comedy.”

I’ll reply with two, ignorant and fool.

There was nothing comedic about the courage required for Robinson to break the color barrier in professional baseball.

There was nothing comedic in the overt racism he suffered day after day when he took the field.

And, there was nothing comedic about Robinson being arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus when he was stationed in the South as a soldier during WWII.

Even a cursory reading of US civil rights history reveals that time and again, Robinson was the inspiration for John Lewis, Andrew Young and a host of others in their decision to fight for justice.

Robinson stands as one of the greatest civil rights heroes of the 20th century.

Martin Luther King said of Robinson, he was “… a pilgrim that walked in the lonesome byways toward the high road of Freedom. He was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.”

Degrading behavior comes in many forms, ridiculing sacred heroes is but one of them.

Phil and his angry, ignorant cohort aren’t fit or worthy to brush the dirt from Robinson’s uniform after one of those twenty stolen home bases.

Go, Jackie, go.

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