For nearly her entire life, baseball pioneer and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson’s daughter has refused to join in public remembrances of her great father on his birthday. But now, on his 100th birthday, suddenly Sharon Robinson is all about the “struggle.”
The baseball color barrier breaking player was born 100 years ago on Thursday, and to celebrate his centennial, his daughter is urging a new generation to continue fighting for equal rights.
“The fact that it’s his 100th birthday and we’re even talking about him is amazing,” Sharon Robinson gushed according to The Undefeated. “It means that after all of his work, all of the sacrifice, the joys and the hard times, he is still having an impact. That is pretty incredible,” she added.
Sharon noted that she usually never celebrates her famous father’s birthday in public. She says that she has always felt that her dad’s birthday was a day for his family to remember him, not a day to share with the world.
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“I never wanted to do anything publicly. I wanted it to be a private thing. I needed for some pieces of him to be our day,” Sharon said.
But this year, on the centennial of her famed father’s birth, Sharon Robinson says that she wants to use the day to highlight civil rights activism.
“We have some large things we want to accomplish this year,” she said. “This year I’ll do something on his birthday and be public about it, but still in my heart, I’d like that day to be a quiet day.”
Sharon notes that civil rights marchers on TV brought the cause to the forefront in the American mind and led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act which brought on a new age of equal rights. And she hopes that her father’s 100th birthday can also help the cause.
Great. We know all that.
But, honey, that fight is won. There is no real racism today – at least nothing even close to what your father fought. You coming to “the struggle” 50 years after the fight was won is pretty pathetic.
Indeed, Sharon admits that the civil rights battles of the 1960s made little impression on her then. The marches did not quite stir her in the early 1960s when she was a well-to-do, upper-middle-class school girl. But she insists that she learned later that “subtle racism” still existed in her life.
“I didn’t understand that subtle racism was still racism,” Sharon said noting that neither she nor her brother really noticed racism when they were kids in a well-off Connecticut suburb. “We weren’t marching. Nobody was stopping us from going into the school. We didn’t understand how this was having an impact on who we were and our self-esteem.”
But now she says that it is time to keep the pressure leveled upon our society.
In fact, Robinson said that she thinks her father would have approved of Black Lives Matter and activist sports figures like Colin Kaepernick.
“I think he would be very supportive of activism of the athletes because that’s what he was looking for when he was traveling with the civil rights movement,” Robinson said. “He tried to get other athletes to come with him. It was only the boxers who would come.”
“He was always disappointed that more athletes didn’t join him,” she added.
Saying it is “critical” that Americans continue the struggle for equal rights, Robinson also said that the struggle is now “global.”
“For a while we celebrated diversity,” Robinson said, “but now the forces are pointing in the other direction, where diversity is not something we celebrate but build a wall to keep from getting more diverse.”
“His legacy is that the struggle continues,” Robinson concluded. “That message needs to be heard and digested more now than ever.”
What tosh. Yes, his legacy is important to remember. But this “now more than ever” stuff is tommyrot. You missed the civil rights boat, dear. You were a rich girl who had no need for “the struggle.” Live with it.
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Cleveland Indians Hire Tom Hanks to Help Break the News of Their Name Change
The new identity will go into effect at the culmination of the 2021 season.
In a move that we’d be silly to not see coming, the Cleveland Indians are changing their name. The 21st century has not been a copacetic one for professional sports teams with potentially-offensive names. The Washington “Redskins” are now, simply, The Washington Football Team, and have spent years trying to come up with whatever their next moniker will be. Recently, they got as far as to announce that they won’t be “the warriors”, on account of how easily their previous Native American imagery might lend itself to the new name. Now, the Major League Baseball franchise from Cleveland has announced their transcendence from the no-longer-timely trope, and they got Tom Hanks to help. https://twitter.com/Indians/status/1418565355472101378?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1418565355472101378%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fsports%2Fcleveland-indians-new-name-guardians The process is moving along at a fairly rapid clip, but the official change won’t occur until after the 2021 season comes to an end. Cleveland launched a section on its official website dedicated to the new name. Team owner Paul Dolan wrote in a letter to fans the “Indians will always be part of our history just as Cleveland has always been the most important part of our identity.” “In searching for a new brand, we sought a name that strongly reflects the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders. Guardians embodies those defining attributes while drawing upon the iconic Guardians of Traffic proudly standing just outside Progressive Field on the Hope Memorial Bridge,” Dolan wrote. “It brings to life the pride of Clevelanders take in our city and the way we stand for each other while defending our Cleveland process.” New imagery for the team was also being spread around social media on Friday. https://twitter.com/MLB/status/1418574083634171907?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1418574083634171907%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fsports%2Fcleveland-indians-new-name-guardians Thus far, the Atlanta Braves have been able to avoid a name-killing controversy, largely through their work with local Native American leaders, who help guide the team’s imagery and verbiage.
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