Black players still fighting for justice on Jackie Robinson Day amid protests

TORONTO – Jackie Robinson Day is always a good time to reflect, especially a week later, where 10 major league baseball games have been postponed for two days over ongoing racial discrimination, leading the NBA-led sport to protest.

Today, Friday, 755 years ago, Dodgers’ general manager branch Ricky Robinson became famous for discussing breaking colored barriers and was challenged for the expected unpleasant abuse as the first black player in the mood. We can look back at the current racist norms with disbelief and rebellion and show how much progress has been made from society, although as seen in the events of recent months, much remains to be done.

“It means everything,” said right-hander Taijuan Walker, who acquired Toronto Blue Joyce Sref, to celebrate Robinson’s legacy. “He has certainly paved the way for me to be here and not only to have the opportunity to pitch every five days, but also to have a platform to tell the world what is going on at the moment.”

The latest flashpoint came on Sunday when a black man named Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a white police officer in Wis Kenosha. The situation escalated when a white teenager named Kyle Reitenhaus was arrested on charges of murdering two people. And then injuring a third in local protests.

On Wednesday, NBA Milwaukee Box felt they needed to give space to social justice rather than embarrassment to the court, inspiring others in the sports world to pursue the case, and Walker was among the ten black players who assisted the Seattle Mariners. Decide to sit down against the San Diego Padres a few hours later. “Playing this day didn’t feel right,” he said. “I don’t think our heads were in it. Our hearts were not in it. It’s not time for us to play yet. ”

Robinson has endured unreasonable torture to open the door for future black players, and Walker and others have created a position – backed by white teammates and the game’s almost exclusive white infrastructure – to protest social injustice if it doesn’t bother so much that his legacy It was still urgent.

Yet, there is a chance that the murder of George Floyd below the knee of a white police officer three months ago could be a point of refraction, revealing an account of how racial relations stand in the epidemic that highlights various social inequalities.

The polarization of the conversation is both intentional and unintentional, a by-product of ignorance and some seem to dig their blinds in the former camp, with athletes opening their eyes at least a little after speaking.

Whether this leads to lasting change is another matter, and it is ultimately the field of lawmakers as opposed to athletes, which is why trying to be educated and understand what sports teams are trying to do at the moment is drawing people to them.

The Blue Jays, outside of the good work of their Jesscare charity, dived deeper into those subjects towards the end of their studies, the lost-and-lost Anthony Alford has grown even bigger in that process.

Their interest in playing Thursday’s series final against the Boston Red Sox, when Jackie Bradley Jr. decided to sit in protest and the rest of the club expressed similar solidarity, came after consultations with Cavan Biggio Alford.

Third baseman Travis Shaw, who came in the Red Sox method and had a good relationship with Bradley, was feeling where they stood in the game, Biggio was on the phone with Alford because, “He left our team and we had the point that lost the bit. “

Like Walker, Alford is also involved with the Players Alliance, an alliance of more than 100 black current and former players who are dedicated to using their platform to “create additional opportunities for the black community in every aspect of our game and beyond.” The two discussed what others were doing around the league and “if we were willing to play, it wouldn’t show that we don’t care what’s going on,” Biggio said. “After talking to him we can’t become unconscious of what’s going on in the outside world, and just go there and play and just continue those conversations and fight for social justice.”

Biggio is one of the many Neil Jay who describes Alford as a brother and it was before the outfielder pulled him out of his truck after he was confronted randomly at the scene of an accident last spring.

After Floyd’s assassination, he reached out to Alford about what they could do as a team, and “he was shocked to hear about Anthony’s upbringing and his current life, and about things I don’t personally do.” Don’t even think about dealing with it. “

This is an achievement for Biggio and the other Blue Jays, who really opened their minds and considered what Alford, minor-league outfielder Jonathan Davis and others would share. Sadly, even that small step is too much for some, which is why three-quarters of a century of stereotypes, bigotry and simple hatred continue outside the initial interview between Ritual and Ricky.

So while today’s black players don’t have to fight as hard as Robinson did every time he went to a clubhouse in the Big-League, there is still a long way to go to advance the broad civil rights as a sign of the end of his career.

Walker is among his paymasters for funding the Players Alliance work from Thursday and Friday, not to mention his time and effort donations, as if no professional sports career is demanding enough.

“It comes down to support, support from the team, front office, ownership, just getting everyone’s support and everyone is present,” Walker said. “Helping, whether it’s talking or getting a message, I think the biggest thing that makes it easy to manage both (playing and advocating) is that support. And for myself, it’s my job to know when I’m in the world, “I take it very seriously. I have four days to start preparing for baseball, but I have to talk and get the message across.”

It’s certainly a meaningful way to celebrate Robinson’s lasting influence in a game that still needs his honesty, and not a society that still fights so hard to achieve equality.

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