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  •  No, it was finding a Negro.... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...that Rickey knew had both the playing talent and, even more important, the self-control and guts to take the ugliness he'd have to endure for being first.

    Jackie Robinson's incredible self-control was as important as his playing ability.  

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 07:33:17 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly right. (0+ / 0-)

      Very few people--black, white, Asian, Latino, whatever--have both the talent to succeed at the highest level of any profession, and the temperament and self-control to do it under those conditions.

      I know it's a weird place to quote it, but Chris Rock's character in Head of State was dead-on.  For those who haven't seen it, Rock plays DC alderman Mays Gilliam, who is chosen to run for president on a lark--a sacrificial lamb to get voters for the party.  After a scandal nearly ends his campaign, one of his white staffers was trying to console him, and he told him something to the essence of "I don't think you should quit."  The response of Rock's character Gilliam?

      Who said I was quitting?  I wish I could quit.  I wish it was that easy.

      You're lucky.  You are so lucky.  You don't know how good you got it.  You just represent yourself.

      Me?  I represent my whole race.  If I quit, there won't be another black candidate for 50 years.

      Any "first [black/Jew/Hispanic/etc.]" has to be the best of the best.  And, especially in the climate of the 1940's, they had to be the best of the best of the best.  If Jackie Robinson had failed, it would've been the 1970's before blacks had another chance.  It would've played right into the "whites are better and have the ability and intelligence" stereotype.  Same for Joe Lewis.  Same for Warren Moon and Doug Williams.  It's wrong, but that's what it takes to break down prejudices--people who are able to excel on that highest level in order to prove to everyone that it can be done.

      Conservative since 1992. Open-minded since birth.

      by ShowMe on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 11:46:18 AM PDT

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