The court martial of Jackie Robinson

On July 6, 1944, Jackie Robinson refused to move to the back of an Army bus. The bus driver had the military police take Jackie into custody. During the questioning phase, Jackie felt that he was being asked racist questions and later confronted the investigating duty officer over his questioning. Jackie was court martial and charge with several charges including drinking in public, even though Jackie was not a drinker. When the court martial came around in August, 1944, Jackie was only charged with two counts of insubordination during his questioning. Jackie Robinson was acquitted by an all white panel of nine officers.

This is the Jackie Robinson that very few people know. The Jackie who always had the passion for justice and equality. Jackie Robinson had the courage to refuse to move to the back of the bus way before Rosa Parks did. I like to say that Jackie played an instrumental role in the civil rights movement. Although, he is best known for carrying his struggle in the baseball diamond, Jackie was a political activist by heart.

I admire Jackie Robinson for the amazing human being that he was. What Jackie’s court martial tells us today is that our “justice” system has not change at all. It continues to be a racist fucked up system.

Here is what I wrote about Jackie Robinson back in April. Check it out.
https://victorjara42.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/remembering-jackie-robinson/

Here is the movie trailer of the court martial of Jackie Robinson. Enjoy it.

http://www.videodetective.com/movies/trailers/the-court-martial-of-jackie-robinson-trailer/3294

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