The Power of Good People Crossing Racial Lines

Game changed history.

Game changed history.

This is a great video. Very moving and well worth the few minutes to watch it. Shows the power of sports and of good people who are willing to cross “racial” and ethnic lines.

See the video here.

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9 thoughts on “The Power of Good People Crossing Racial Lines

  1. ericjbaker says:

    Sometimes I’m blown away by how recently we lived in a segregated society. Separate water fountains and bus seating is still within millions of people’s living memory.

    Sports and music have done more to break down barriers than anything. Public perception is way ahead of legislation, usually.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      I know. I am amazed when people act like blocks or others need to get over racism as if it is over or segregation was so long ago. My Mom was a kid when she had to deal with that stuff in Louisiana so it wasn’t that far in the past. And I I agree, sports have done much to move things along. I am a huge Jackie Robinson fan and still think how much we all owe him for what he did to play baseball and open doors.

      • ericjbaker says:

        You know I’m a big music buff. I’ve got albums (CD reissues, that is) of Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, and other swing cats from the ’30s and ’40s, and the pictures in the booklets often show the white and black musicians hanging out and laughing together. We don’t think anything of it today, but that must have been pretty shocking to some people in 1938 or ’39.

        That was a good video you linked by the way. I didn’t think i was going to stick around for the whole thing (YouTube = short attention span generation), but it hooked me in.

      • Earnest Harris says:

        Yeah music has played an equally important role. I often think we have a better chance of getting to people through the doors of entertainment and sports than laws and politics.

  2. Wow. 1963 That explains more about why a couple people I know are (closet) racists. Their age.

    It is scary as hell to think that one becomes racist based on the time period and family that one is born into.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for posting this video. My son (mixed race, age 9) and I were moved to tears. He got the message that ordinary people playing sports can do something as important as famous people like Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      Glad you guys saw it. It was indeed a great story, all the more fantastic because it was indeed ordinary people doing the right thing. I think more change comes from ordinary people taking a stand, often in quiet ways, than the famous people we read about or see movies made about.

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