Open Letter To Jackie Robinson: Apologies For Media’s Comparison To New Gay Athlete

Dear Jackie Robinson,

What does it feel like? What goes on in your mind when the Democratic media trivializes your courage, your legacy, the opposition you faced, by relating it all to that of a gay man whom they and most of society are all too eager to accept?

You had no choice whether or not you were black. You could not alter your biology to make life less difficult for you. Jason Collins, on the other hand, whom the Democrats’ have crowned their hero for his accomplishment of the historical feat of being gay whilst dribbling a basketball, can choose not to engage in his homosexuality.

You experienced opposition not just from fellow baseball players and umpires and team owners, but from the media itself. The media sets the course of the culture, and they were dead-set against allowing into American culture the widespread acceptance of you and your kind playing good old American baseball.

Your cultural battle is now being compared by the same media to Jason Collins’ “struggle.” So turbulent is his struggle, so Robinsonian his courage! Yet the man’s biggest advocates are the media and, as a bi-product of the media’s pro-gay campaigning over the past two decades, the entirety of popular culture. In short, Collins has the cultural winds of American society at his back.

Some battle. Some opposition.

The greatest opposition he will face is the rare media Christian who will say, “I think homosexuality is a sin, but it’s not my business what Jason Collins does in his bedroom.” And even these innocuities will always be followed by an attempt to rectify their sin of being a Christian, in statements akin to sportscaster Chris Broussard’s, who recently put his career on the line when he came out of the closet as a Christian: “I realize that some people disagree with my opinion [on homosexuality] and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.”

The media seeks romance, which is why they must employ a list of qualifiers in order for their rejoicings to make sense: Collins is not the first openly gay athlete, he is not the first openly gay American athlete, he is not the first openly gay American male athlete, he is not the first openly gay American male athlete in the four major US sports–celebrations of these “accomplishments” have already come to pass–but he is the first openly gay American male athlete still active in the four major US sports.

The desire on the part of the Democrats and the media to create victims where victimhood does not exist must really offend you, Mr. Robinson, who were a real victim at one point in time. How does it feel to have your efforts so trivialized?


Christopher Graham