Saturday, August 24, 2013

Turn the other check and change the world

I enjoyed watching the movie 42 about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American in Major League Baseball in the USA. It highlights the racism and antagonism that he had to endure. A key was his ability to endure silently, "turning the other cheek." Many consider that Robinson broke down prejudices, helping create the climate for the civil rights movement and the end of racial segregation.

Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers owner, who carefully recruited Robinson with a view to ending racial segregation in baseball said, "I am looking for a ball player who has the guts not to fight back." The shared Christian faith of Rickey and Robinson is nicely discussed in a post, Jackie Robinson and the pattern of Jesus.

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