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Things Haven’t Changed That Much: Jackie Robinson Goes to the 1964 GOP Convention and the Freedom Summer

Friends of Padre Steve’s World. Good evening. It has been a long day teaching and preparing for a lot of things at the College. Tonight I need to do more more academic work and review some papers. Yesterday was the anniversary of the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Because of that I have been re-publishing some older articles dealing with the Civil Rights Movement. Because I a a baseball fan I also tie baseball into a lot of these articles, because of the way that baseball helped lead the way in desegregation. Among my heroes is Jackie Robinson. This is a story that its Robinson’s experience at the 1964 GOP Convention, the 1964 Freedom Summer which was going on at the same time and some current issues in American politics. It can be an uncomfortable subject, especially in a highly polarized era. I do hope that you find this article from last May both interesting and challenging. It is something that most of us pay little attention to, or for that matter even know anything about. I hope that this will spur readers to look into this subject themselves because it is worth more than this short article. Have a great night. Peace, Padre Steve+

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“A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP.  As I watched this steamroller operation in San Francisco, I had a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.” Jackie Robinson on his observations of the 1964 Republican National Convention

Jackie Robinson was a Republican. So was I for 32 years and for much of that time I considered myself a “conservative” whatever that means, though I thought it meant freedom, limited government and opportunity for all regardless of race, color, religion or any other trait or belief. I also believed and still do in a strong defense, but I can no longer consider myself a man that blesses American intervention in other people’s wars unless there is a clear and present danger to the United States, not simply our so called “interests” which may not be those of the nation at…

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