One of the myths of the game is that Robinson was chosen by Rickey because of his forbearance, his ability to absorb slurs without hitting back.

To anyone who knew him, the notion of Jackie Robinson turning the other cheek, putting up with insults, was laughable. I have never been able to find one veteran chronicler of the early Robinson days who remembers Jackie being anything but truculent and unbending in the face of slurs and insults.

Jackie made sure you treated him as a man. He didn’t suffer fools gladly. … He was as deeply suspicious of the flatterers as he was the bigots.

Jackie wore no man’s collar. Ever. Long before Rosa Parks, he had refused to move to the back of the bus—in the Army. He was court-martialed. He was acquitted.

I remember once, in a kind of confidential exchange I had with him, I was brash enough to suggest incautiously, “But, Jackie, on the whole, wasn’t there less bigotry and intolerance out there than you expected?”

Jackie fixed me with a glare.

"There shouldn’t have been any,” he said sternly.

You never argued with Jackie Robinson. He made America live up to its promises. [x]

  1. pandapandemic reblogged this from kaijuhearmenow
  2. kaijuhearmenow reblogged this from ninnieamee
  3. oak1985 reblogged this from ninnieamee
  4. angry-at-my-generation reblogged this from ninnieamee
  5. tismydistinction reblogged this from ninnieamee
  6. ninnieamee reblogged this from dtriad
  7. dtriad reblogged this from latkje
  8. latiburona reblogged this from mynameiself
  9. ununnilium reblogged this from latkje
  10. lore1106 reblogged this from lindalauritaa
  11. classicchocolatemonster reblogged this from mr-squiggle
  12. liana-anastasia reblogged this from nara-yang
  13. beggingforonechancee reblogged this from mynameiself
  14. asdfcriiiis reblogged this from mynameiself and added:
    This is extremely important. This image and idea of Jackie never fighting back, always just sitting still and staying...
  15. schizonychia reblogged this from mynameiself
  16. mr-squiggle reblogged this from mexicanbaseball
  17. davidantoniooo reblogged this from newgrassonthefield
  18. thekidsaiyan reblogged this from d3athstar
  19. d3athstar reblogged this from mynameiself
  20. nara-yang reblogged this from mynameiself
  21. newgrassonthefield reblogged this from mynameiself
  22. mynameiself reblogged this from mexicanbaseball
  23. lindalauritaa reblogged this from fighttothefinish
  24. mexicanbaseball reblogged this from koufax
  25. fighttothefinish reblogged this from dodger-liz
  26. kingthorin-oakenfeels reblogged this from dont-do-womens-just-raf-simons
  27. dylly-bar reblogged this from dont-do-womens-just-raf-simons
  28. devilineyeliner reblogged this from dodger-liz
  29. everythug reblogged this from octoberblood
  30. killiyousoftly reblogged this from oh-keptin-my-capatin
  31. dodger-liz reblogged this from wynaafryd