Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball in 1947. And it has been built back nearly everywhere else in America since then.
Barack and Michelle Obama’s segment as talking heads in the second hour of Ken Burns’ new Jackie Robinson doc (airing April 11 and 12 on PBS and streaming online) was about Robinson’s legacy as it specifically relates to his wife, Rachel. The homage was not as syrupy or self-referential as it was a very explicit—if you caught the tone just right—commentary on where we are today in terms of race.
And that is, we are worse off.
Forget for a minute whether you like Barack Obama or not. He wasn’t a perfect president. And his cult of personality did fade into the real-life image of an overworked and graying but still proud man. He also missed his mark on a few…
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