Jackie Robinson Argumentative Essay

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Did Jackie Robinson give more opportunities for African Americans? Jackie Robinson, an African American man that was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia (Witherbee 1). In 1938, Robinson was accepted into college at the University of California in Los Angeles. There at college Robinson showed his athletic ability in sports such as track and field, football, basketball, and baseball (Witherbee 1). Robinson also became the first African American athlete to earn four varsity letters in a single academic year (Witherbee 1). There in college, Robinson was given a name for playing multiple sports which was “Jim Thorpe of his race” (“Jackie Robinson” 2). Then during his college year in 1941, Robinson withdrew from the college of UCLA in order …show more content…
When Jackie Robinson was in the army he faced a court martial for not following a order to sit in the back of a military bus." Robinson faced court martial in 1944 for refusing to follow an order that he must sit in the back of the military bus. The charges were all dismissed, and he received a honorable discharge from the military. This incident, presaged Robinson 's future activism and commitment to civil rights" ("Robinson, Jackie” 1). So Robinson’s discharged from the army shows that does not fear anyone around him. While Robinson was playing in the Major Leagues he faced a lot of racial abuse and death threats toward him. "Robinson was the target of racial epithets and flying cleats, hate letters and death threats, of pitchers throwing at his head and legs, and catchers splitting on his shoes" (Schwartz 2). These incidents showed how much courage Jackie Robinson had for playing the game. When Robinson faced the racial comments and the death threats, he never gave in to the insults or abuse, he always kept his control."Robinson learned how to exercise self control to answer insults, violence, and injustice with silence. With this being Jackie Robinson earned his respect from his teammates and eventually the opposition" (Schwartz 2). Robinson eventually earned his respect of his teammates by not answering to the racial abuse he took from other players and fans. All in all, Jackie Robinson never gave up …show more content…
With Robinson playing this way for 10 years in Major League Baseball, he proved that he was the most talented ball player in generations (Witherbee 2). "Robinson retired in 1956 with a .311 lifetime batting average and participation in 6 World Series Championships. In 1962, baseball writers elected Robinson to the National League Hall of Fame. By that time, a number of other African American baseball players had made their way into the Hall of Fame in Robinson 's wake" (Witherbee 2). "In 1997, 50 years after Robinson integrated baseball his number, 42, was permanently retired by every team in Major League Baseball" (Goldstein 1). Jackie Robinson played a big role in baseball but he did not just play baseball he went on to be part of a association group. After Robinson finished playing baseball, he became part of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People."With his baseball career behind him, Robinson brought his energy to bear racial discrimination off the field. As a business executive, Robinson worked closely with the National Association for the Advancement of Color People in its effort to advance opportunities for African American people" (Witherbee 2). All Robinson wanted to do was give his own race or other African Americans the opportunity for employment. So with Robinson 's great playing time in baseball, he changed a lot

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