Forced anthem adherence antithetical to justice

Source: CounterPunch
by Linn Washington Jr.

“This history-making black Major League Baseball player called out race prejudice in all sectors of American society including prejudice practiced by U.S. presidents, lawmakers, law enforcers and others. This player’s poignant observations about the sinews of the prejudice infecting American society focus antiseptic illumination on toxic stances taken by President Trump on the rights of black pro-football players to protest race-based injustices including police brutality. … This history-making baseball player was Moses Fleetwood Walker. Walker, a University of Michigan graduate, was the first and only black to play in Major League Baseball in the 19th Century before segregation soiled that sport. Walker, a catcher, made his mark on baseball in May 1884, when he played his first MLB game, over sixty years before the barrier shattering feat of Jackie Robinson. Robinson had to break the barrier a second time, because MLB officially banned black players in 1889.” (11/21/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/21/forced-anthem-adherence-antithetical-to-justice/