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Old 04-26-2014, 02:24 PM
 
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Of course he was talented. But he wasn't talented because of or in spite of being black, he was talented due to skill, hard work and other factors and should honored with other talented people without a reference to his color or racial background.
That's ridiculous! It's like saying one should never mention Ray Charles being blind when talking about his achievements in music. Both mens' accomplishments are all the more profound and admired because of the hardships they had to overcome in order to accomplish them, Ray's due to blindness and Robinson's due to race, why pretend otherwise? For what reason should we hide it or pretend he didn't have to overcome obstacles due to his race in order to accomplish what he did? We should just pretend he entered the majors via the same route as the white players did, that his race wasn't a huge obstacle that he suffered for in order to accomplish what he did? Pretend that he was just like all the other players in the 50's, pretend that he didn't open doors to other players, but simply swung a bat? Why? In order to placate a minority of white men on forums who don't approve of admiring him for reasons I still don't comprehend?

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Old 04-26-2014, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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Spot on. If USA is truly the model of equality, when does this sort of commemoration fade away?
Not until the USA actually becomes truly the model of equality.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:41 PM
 
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Not until the USA actually becomes truly the model of equality.
Haha under whose definition?
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Jackie Robinson gets all the hype, but no one knows who Willie O'Ree is, as a former hockey player, he is my Jackie Robinson.

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Old 04-27-2014, 07:21 AM
 
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Jackie Robinson gets all the hype, but no one knows who Willie O'Ree is, as a former hockey player, he is my Jackie Robinson.
I know exactly who he is. There are celebrations of him as well, but for a lot of reasons - he's Canadian and played hockey- he is not as well known in America.
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