Sports is meant to be entertainment, an escape from daily toils, our common love of the game binding us. Yet how can we be entertained when we look on the playing field and are so easily reminded about the lack of opportunity, the systems that create racial and gender bias?
On Jackie Robinson day let's take the time to both celebrate Robinson's great achievements on the field, his unwavering support for equality off the field, and let's also hold MLB accountable to be more representative of the world we live in.
On Jackie Robinson Day we see images of every MLB player sporting Robinson’s famous jersey, number 42. It would be easy to forget that in Robinson’s day he was the only black player in the league. The image of solidarity glosses over the grit and courage that Robinson had to muster to persevere.