Last night my husband and I rented a movie called '42' which was about the first African American major league baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
It was so good! I loved it.
It was not just about this historical time in baseball, but an inspirational story of how God wants us to behave in the face of verbal and threatening abuse.
The most powerful scene in this movie is right after Jackie leaves the baseball field after such an attack. The conversation he has with the supportive team executive of the Brooklyn Dodgers is extremely moving.
Racism is something I've never understood. People are people, the color of our skin only makes us unique and beautiful. I recently read this quote from Rick Warren and I whole-heartily agree:
"Racism is stupid. It’s an insult to God, arrogantly implying that God goofed-up when he chose to make us all different."
This next picture is from another favorite scene, but you'll have to watch the movie to understand the greater significance. : )
After watching this movie I not only fell in love with Jackie Robinson, but was reminded of my love of baseball as a teenager. The excitement of your team coming back in the last inning, your favorite player coming up to bat and those home-runs!
I highly recommend this movie.
And now I'm off to see if I can find some kind of autobiography or biography of the awesome Jackie Robinson. : )