Jackie Robinson

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Racial Slurs Scrawled on Jackie Robinson Statue

Swastikas among graffiti near Brooklyn minor-league park

(Newser) - A Jackie Robinson statue in Brooklyn has been targeted by vandals, who used a black marker to scribble racial slurs and a swastika on the monument. The graffiti includes the n-word as well as "anti-Semitic comments," police say. The statue, which features fellow player Pee Wee Reese putting... More »

42 Knocks Scary Movie 5 Out of the Park

Jackie Robinson film scores surprise victory

(Newser) - The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 shocked the competition this weekend with a surprise win at the box office, the LA Times reports. The story about America's first black major league ballplayer bowed to $27.3 million, well ahead of pre-release polling and the other new debut film, Scary Movie ... More »

For Better or Worse, 42 Is Safe

If anything, Jackie Robinson biopic might be a little too reverential

(Newser) - The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 slides into theaters today, and it's being greeted by a polite ovation from critics, who for the most part seem to admire Robinson's story more than the filmmaking. Here's what people are saying:
  • If director Brian Helgeland's "intention was to
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Years Ago, Trayvon's City Forced Out Jackie Robinson

Sanford, Florida, has an unfortunate history of racism

(Newser) - The Trayvon Martin shooting has put a negative spotlight on Sanford, Florida, and Dave Zirin at the Nation points out that it's not the first time for the city. The quick version: In 1946, the mayor and outraged citizens wouldn't let the minor league Montreal Royals take the... More »

9 Big Names Who Went to Community College

In honor of the White House Community College Summit

(Newser) - President Obama recently called community colleges the "unsung heroes of America’s education system." Huffington Post rounds up nine notable community college attendees who prove his point:
  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Attended Santa Monica College before becoming the Terminator, and then the Governator.
  2. Tom Hanks: He transferred from Chabot College
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Robinson, Now a 'GOP Hero,' Hated GOP

RNC touts baseball legend who compared party to Nazis

(Newser) - Whoops. The RNC’s new “GOP Heroes” website devotes a page to baseball legend Jackie Robinson, declaring him a “great Republican” who campaigned for Richard Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller. There’s just one problem: Robinson was a registered independent who professed he’d “never identified with one... More »

Jesse Jackson Jr.: Obama's Like Jackie Robinson

Candidate has to endure jeers with a smile, can't strike back

(Newser) - Barack Obama is like Jackie Robinson: he’s got to perform despite racist taunts, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., son of the civil-rights leader, said during a Politico-sponsored panel discussion today ahead of the Democratic convention. Like the baseball pioneer, Obama “has to keep smiling,” in the face of... More »

Black Players Drop to 8.2 Percent of Major Leaguers

Lowest number in two decades

(Newser) - Major League Baseball received its best grade for racial diversity in hiring, even as the percentage of black players dropped again last year. MLB received its first A- for race Tuesday from Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. Its grade... More »

Teams of 42s Honor Jackie

(Newser) - Players and coaches across the majors honored Jackie Robinson by donning number 42 on the 60th anniversary of the day Robinson broke the color barrier with his debut as a Brooklyn Dodger. The league officially honored Robinson at Dodger Stadium—a serendipitous choice, as five other potential venues were rained... More »

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