Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jackie Robinson – Not Standing for the National Anthem

In this experiment in diversity that is the United States, we still have many hierarchies that we must overcome, though we have come a long way.

In sports, very few people exemplify this struggle more than Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball.

We are reminded of his feelings about standing for the national anthem at a time when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for a rendition. The presence of strong hierarchies in this country eventually led Robinson to feel the same way.