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What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?

Maire Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 11:21 AM
"Hall of Famer Frank Robinson became the first black manager in Baseball’s Major Leagues. There have been many since. Robinson's hiring made a statement about the Irrelevance of race. “Judge a man on the content of his character, not on the color of his skin.” Years later, when his team underperformed, Robinson was fired. Tell your "black" child, Larry, that It had nothing to do with Racism. The same with President Obama. He should be fired as well."
tuttletacoma Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 11:28 AM
I lived in Cleveland during the Frank Robinson years

and that was the question that was raised by the sportswriters at the time. While Robinson had been a quality player, he would ultimately be held accountable for not turning a losing team into winners

and how would management deal with firing him , which is the fate of all but a handful of managers hired by sports teams, if others wanted to cite race as the cause and not the teams performance

What do I tell my black child if Barack Obama, America's first black president, loses his bid for re-election? This is a question many parents are asking themselves -- especially those who would blame the loss on racism.

Jubilant black parents on the front pages of newspapers, the day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, said things like, "for the first time" they could "sincerely" say to their children that a black person could realistically aspire to become president of the United States.

The New York Times wrote: "That a new day had dawned was immediately...

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