Playing For Rights
By Hayley K., Period 1, 12/7/15
What is perseverance?
Just how did Jackie Robinson persevere?
A great example is a quote from the book. The text said “’Have you got the guts to play the game no matter what happens?’ ‘I think I can play the game, Mr. Rickey,’ I said.” (Page #294) This showed a great example of perseverance because Jackie didn’t stand down when he was told the risks of the job he was given, and didn’t get fazed by the risks, either. He stated he could play the game and then did. He did not give up when he knew he could get attacked at any moment.
Another great example is this quote. “Could I turn the other cheek? I didn’t know how I would do it. Yet I knew that I must.” (Page #295) He said that he could get attacked and he wouldn’t stop persevering. Jackie would keep playing the game even after being taunted and laughed at. He would play the game for everyone, not because he just wanted to. Jackie knew he had to stand up and not just give into the racism.