Jackie Robinson and Identity Politics
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This paper argues that American politics have become focused on individual rights, action and identity, and this change is largely a product of the civil rights movements in the mid 20th century. The paper sees one important icon in this movement as Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player. Looking at the influence baseball has had on American culture, the impact has been a great one that challenges cultural notions of identity.
From the Paper:"One of the most important gains of the 1950s and 1960s was the birth of a new kind of politics called "identity politics". Identity politics was based on strong collective identities which have the capacity to penetrate political life and exert pressure which eventually conduces to changes in policies and even mentalities. The major social paradox of the 1960s was that the peaceful fight for civil rights was met with violent opposition; nonetheless, political activists remained strong and left an immense legacy of social change achieved through relentless advocacy which remains a huge inspiration even today. However even prior to the 1960s and 1970s, there were certain public African-American figures that greatly influenced the struggle for equality of chances. One of these people was Jackie Robinson, the first African-American Major League Player of the modern era. His 1947 Major League debut represented an important step towards the end of racial segregation in sports. Similarly to most fields of activity in the United States, there was a strong barrier of color in sports, including baseball. Thesis: Jackie Robinson's contribution to the end of over 60 years of racial segregation was immense. This paper argues that it was through his 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers that Jackie Robinson made a significant impact on the color barrier in sports. However, Robinson's impact on racial segregation extended far beyond the baseball field. He was the first African-American Major League Baseball analyst, and the first vice president of a major American corporation. In addition, in the 1960s he contributed to the creation of the Freedom National Bank, an African-American owned and controlled entity based in New York which advocated civil rights."
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