Wasn’t Martin Luther King, Jr. also a Republican?
No big deal, he was from the Teddy Roosevelt-Tom Dewey-Mike Castle wing of the Republican Party
I never knew anything about Robinson’s politics, so that’s quite interesting. But what I’ve always found most compelling about him is what I’ve learned more generally about his character. Because it was known that the first black major league ballplayer would take tremendous abuse, Branch Rickey et al had to handpick somebody who could simply take that abuse, not someone who would try to shout it down or “get up in anyone’s face” about it. Wisely, they knew putting a hothead in that role would be disastrous for the ultimate integration of the sport.
I’ve read that although Robinson was enormously talented, there were other Negro Leagues players who were considered more talented - but lacked that singular strength of character. Robinson was able to go about his business with quiet dignity, come what may. In other words, he behaved in a manner that to some (vile) people would make him an Uncle Tom. Yet by not fighting back and simply letting his excellence speak for itself, he won the day for the black players who would follow him.
In other words, he demonstrated that it’s not enough to be a figurehead, to be “the first” at something (hint, hint, Mr. President). It was HOW he went about it that made all the difference.
Truly this is a lie....especially the part that Democrats created the KKK and segregation.