What a neat guy (Jackie Robinson played himself). Humble, brave, likeable, charismatic. One hell of a second baseman too. Pictures like the one above from around 1959 always makes me think. A couple of those guys are probably still alive. They’d be 78 or 80 years old now. I’d love to track them down and ask, “What the hell were you thinking?”
That’s the same question I’d like to ask Hollywood also. TCM was showing ‘black movies’ yesterday (I don’t watch regular TV of course, its a barren wasteland). I thought, “Oh, they must be having a Sidney Poitier day.” Later on it was another black movie without Sidney. It was then I realized, its MLK Day!
Can you get anymore patronizing? It reminded me of when Mr. Trump ate a taco salad on Cinco de Mayo. Great visual. He got pasted for that. Hollywood never does. It got so obvious the segregation in the movies it started a conversation about 10 years ago. The studios response, “We had Halle Berry in a movie!”
The segregation is/was so obvious in the entertainment industry there is a living testament to it, separate but equal: Black Entertainment Television. The last thing Hollywood would ever do though is look at itself.
Jackie had to fight racism in the military too. He was nearly court martialed during WWII simply for refusing to move to the back of the bus. He died October 24, 1972 at the age of 53.