Honor Jackie Robinson With A Statue
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“Dollars aren’t black or white - they’re green.” - Branch Rickey, “42”
•MAJOR PART OF HISTORY
Jack Roosevelt Robinson should be remembered with a statue because he was a major part of history and his contributions to the sports community, whether it was speaking out for African-American rights in sports or hitting home runs (he had 137 in his whole career), were amazing. Not only was he was the first person at UCLA to win letters in varsity in four sports (baseball, football, basketball, and track), but he was the first black man to play in Major League Baseball.
His bravery encouraged and inspired many African-Americans to question the way of life that people called “separate but equal,” and instead helped lead the way to Civil Rights. He broke his silence in 1949, criticising Jim Crow’s way of living in segregation in Southern states where Spring Trainings were held, and urging other ballplayers to use baseball’s economic powers to desegregate Southern ballparks, hotels, and towns, since the Southern states people’s way of life had not yet been integrated. He was also very brave and a good man, so much that he joined the United States Army after leaving college. He was honorably discharged from the military when he refused to sit in the back of an army bus and was court-martialed. This also proves that he had enough guts to stand up for himself, yet not being violent or having a wild temper.
•COURAGEOUS AND BRAVE
He learned to have the courage to not fight back when people would yell racial slurs at him or discriminate him. Because even with his talent and skill, he was still verbally and physically abused by other baseball fans. When Branch Rickey signed him to the Brooklyn Dodgers, he told Jackie could only be with the Dodgers if he promised not to respond to the abuse he would receive from people who didn’t like him or think he should be playing with white men. He also received many letters filled with violent threats that included: “Quit baseball or your baby boy will die,” (Jackie’s wife, Rachel, had just had a baby in November of 1946) and “Stop playing or your wife is dead,” (He married Rachel earlier that year in 1946, after he signed with the Montreal Royals.) But he kept playing because he believed in himself and did not want to give up on the huge African-American community that was counting on him. Both him and his fans knew he could do it.
In conclusion, I truly believe Jackie Robinson is a great role model and should be honored and remembered in a good way. Jackie’s accomplishments opened up the doors on and off the field for all African-Americans.
•”42”, the biopic about Jackie and how he was the first black man to break the baseball color barrier
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