All posts tagged: stereotypes

Equality


I am at Starbucks the other day, and as I sipped my White Chocolate Mocha, this woman and her husband walked in and sat on the couch just in front of me. I wasn’t eve dropping or anything, neither was trying to be intrusive. Everyone could hear her. She was a that loud. Very casually, she said to her friend, on the phone – “I rear-ended a car this morning. The guy in the other car was a dwarf. So he stepped out of his car, walked over to mine, and said, ‘Mame, I am not happy.’” She said she looked “DOWN’ at him and said, “well, I am not sure which one are you?” Giggles.. giggles… giggles… After laughing a few seconds with her friend, she looked at me, kind of surprised that I was not laughing at her joke, and said, “hey, would you like to take a look at the bug that invaded my pomegranate tree? They are bizarre.” I didn’t want her to hear me say, “no Mame, you are bizarre.” So I …

42: Do you have the guts not to fight back?


42 was his number, Jackie Robinson was his name – the first Black player in Major League Baseball and you can imagine it will be a life altering if not a divine opportunity that will change a young man, the men he called teammates, and challenge a nation to break down the walls of racism, inequality and segregation. A story, I think is told very well in 42 the movie. After his discharge from the Army in 1944, Robinson began to play baseball professionally. At the time, the sport was segregated, and African-Americans and whites played in separate leagues. Robinson began playing in the Negro Leagues, but he was soon chosen by Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to help integrate major league baseball. He joined the all-white Montreal Royals, a farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1946. He later moved to Florida to begin spring training with the Royals, and played his first game in Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. I think the story of Jackie Robinson …