Fresh Friday Quote: Jackie Robinson

Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

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“Virtually every time the black stands up like a man to make a protest or tell a truth as he sees it, white folks and some white-minded black folks try to hush or shame him by singing out that “You’ve come a long way” routine. They fail to say that we’ve still got a long way to go because of the unjust headstart the founding fathers of this country had on us and the handicaps they bestowed on the red men they robbed and the blacks they abducted and enslaved. Whites are expert game-players in their contests to maintain absolute power. One of their time-honored gimmicks is to point to individual blacks who have achieved recognition : ‘But look at Ralph Bunche. Think about Lena Horne or Marian Anderson. Look at Jackie Robinson. They made it.'”

– Jackie Robinson, I Never Had it Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson