How The Media And Public Reacted to Jackie Robinson By: maysen perez & peneuta aiaga

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in a town called Cairo, located in Georgia. Robinson was the first ever African American to play in the Major League baseball, instead of staying in the negro leagues. This act of him changing leagues caused the sport of baseball to change forever. But why did it cause so much frustration for the whites and why they thought it was a good decision, or the worst decision ever made.

According to The Pittsburgh Courier, they were delighted to see the move of a black man into a major american sport. They said " Robinson is not the best player of the Negro Leagues, but his style of playing and determination is what made Robinson stand out from the others."

But unfortunately there was other medias that had hatred towards Jackie Robinson and wanted him out of the league immediately. The traditional white press was using the word "negro," in all of the articles that were published by them. You also have to keep in mind that this is where segregation and discrimination are practiced.


Created with images by David Berkowitz - "Jackie Robinson's 42 at Citi Field June 10, 2009"

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