Jackie’s Dodgers Win the World Series

The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1, to win the series, four games to two, and claim their first World Series championship since 1988, the franchise’s seventh title and sixth since moving to Los Angeles.

Why Jackie’s Dodgers, you ask?

Ask any black person over the age of 60…

The answers you get will be eerily similar and close to the rasons why generations of black people, including Robinson himself, favored the ‘Party of Lincoln’…

“Robinson was active in politics throughout his post-baseball life. He identified himself as a political independent,[239][240] although he held conservative opinions on several issues, including the Vietnam War (he once wrote to Martin Luther King, Jr. to defend the Johnson Administration’s military policy).[241] After supporting Richard Nixon in his 1960 presidential race against John F. Kennedy, Robinson later praised Kennedy effusively for his stance on civil rights.[242] Robinson was angered by conservative Republican opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[243] He became one of six national directors for Nelson Rockefeller‘s unsuccessful campaign to be nominated as the Republican candidate for the 1964 presidential election.[235] After the party nominated Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona instead, Robinson left the party’s convention commenting that he now had “a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler’s Germany”.[244] He later became special assistant for community affairs when Rockefeller was re-elected governor of New York in 1966.[235] Switching his allegiance to the Democrats, he subsequently supported Hubert Humphrey against Nixon in 1968.[193″ 

—–Wikipedia

It wasn’t until the early 60’s that there appeared to be a seismic shift in political party affiliation from Republican to Democratic in the black community nationally…

Up until then, black folks were beholden and loyal to the ‘Party of Lincoln’…

In that same manner, black people became beholden and loyal to Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers when then owner, Branch Rickey, broke the color line in 1953 by bringing Jackie Robinson and the entire black community into the major leagues…

Anyone who knows anything at all about American Cultural History knows that American pro sports and American society and culture were forever changed in that moment…

It is in this spirit that I congratulate the team I refer to as  ‘Jackie’s Dodgers’ on their victory…

 

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