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The Parable of Jackie Robinson

When Jason Collins came out, it wasn't the next big Jackie Robinson moment

Originally Published: May 30, 2013
By William Jelani Cobb | ESPN The Magazine

SOMEWHERE IN THE zeitgeist just after Jason Collins became a hashtag but not yet a hero, we seized on the idea that this was our 21st century Jackie Robinson moment. Seeking to contextualize Collins: Gay-American, African-American, of late Celtic- and Wizard-American, the Dodgers second baseman became seemingly the instant referent of choice by cable news announcers, half-attentive observers and the truest authority in such matters: Twitter. Captured in broad strokes, the story ...

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