Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Kaepernick Would Be Good To Look To History For Inspiration
Black millionaire athlete Colin Kaepernick, who wastes his days whining incessantly about the alleged epidemic of racism in contemporary America, could learn much from legendary baseball player Babe Ruth.
Though the baseball legend lived during a period of time in American history when the nation was still suffering from the kind of genuine racism that neither Kaepernick nor his race-baiting peers in the media know anything about, he tried diligently through his 22-year career from 1914 through 1935 to judge men by their character, not the color of their skin.
“In the matter of race, Babe Ruth was simply color blind,” baseball historian Bill Jenkinson explained during a speech he delivered seven years ago at the the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in Boise, Idaho.
“Wherever he went around the world, including Latin America and the Far East, the Babe loved everybody and everybody loved him,” he continued. “He had the extraordinary capacity to make people of every background and ethnicity feel good about themselves, and this reminds us of Babe Ruth’s greatest legacy. Somehow, this unlikely fellow imbued his fellow man with hope.”
Before you roll your eyes and accuse Jenkinson of simply making this up, consider this: He has served as a consultant for The Baseball Hall of Fame, The Society for American Baseball Research, The Babe Ruth Museum, ESPN and even Major League Baseball. He is in fact the world’s top scholar on Babe Ruth, so he knows what he’s talking about.
Plus, the examples he cited in a blog post published to Babe Ruth Central add credence to his claims. One such example included the fact that Ruth played games against Negro League teams in 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1929.
He even invited a former black chef of his, David Simpson, to attend a hunting trip to Camp Bryan, North Carolina, with him and his friends in 1931.
“Simpson was a Black man who had cooked for Ruth in the past, but he was terminally ill at the time,” Jenkinson wrote. “Despite being unable to work, Babe Ruth invited him to join an intimate assemblage at his hunting lodge. Within two months, David Simpson died.”
A year later he partied with tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson during a train ride back home from the 1932 World Series in Chicago: “Robinson had been Ruth’s invited guest for the trip to Chicago, and, at each stop returning home, Babe and Bill entertained the jubilant crowds with their joint antics.”
Yet here we are 85 years later dealing with Kaepernick, a disagreeable multimillionaire who constantly uses fake cries of racism to paint himself as a victim and, it would appear, earn more money.
A report published this week by Breitbart cited sources who claimed Kaepernick, who’s currently without a team, purposefully turned down one team’s offer “in order to incite a racially driven media backlash that would yield the controversial quarterback more money.”
That’s despicable, though typical for guys like Kaepernick, who will never in a million years measure up to the greats like Babe Ruth.
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