I would like to celebrate MLK day by talking about his close friend, Jackie Robinson.
It has been said that Jackie Robinson had as much to do with the progress of civil rights as MLK himself. For you see, baseball had been a big influence of the culture during that time, and Jackie was the first black to be allowed to play in MLB. Before accepting the role, the owner of the Dodgers, Branch Rickie, took Robinson aside and made him understand what confronted him. He would be verbally and physically assaulted. He would receive death threats for himself and his family. He would be the focal point for every racist group in America and it would probably continue for the tenure of his MLB career. Branch Rickie then added, that he must take it and not fight back in any way, at least for the first few years or the project would have to come to an end.
And that is exactly what happened, and exactly what he did. America saw his class, his dignity, and the fact that he was the best player on the team, if not in all of MLB, and it won over converts. More than one of the players on the team and around the team, including fans, said that Jackie Robinson made them better people as he helped them overcome racism.
Interestingly, Jackie Robinson was also a Republican, for he thought that the doctrine of self help was exactly what the black community needed to hear. Of course, he was not a partisan shill. In fact, he did not like Barry Goldwater in the least.
“I’m a black man first,” he once calmly stated, while appearing on a 1968 television program, “an American second, and then I will support a political party—third.”
Like the vast majority of black Republicans in 1964, Robinson vehemently opposed Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. That year, he chaired a chapter of “Republicans for Johnson” and likened black Goldwater supporters to racial sellouts and “Uncle Toms.” But his rejection of Goldwater did not affect his affiliation—in fact, he remained a Republican, and in July 1964 he helped found the National Negro Republican Assembly, a national black Republican protest organization that grew out of the nightmarish experience of black Republicans at the 1964 Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco
So the next time someone tries to sell you the notion that all Republicans are racists via their mindless and toxic partisan drivil, tell them this. In fact, Hillary once referred to herself as a "Goldwater girl".