Jackie Robinson Against the World
I had to be someone who...
I had to be someone who could take the abuse and ignore all of the rude comments. I had to be someone who would not retaliate. (page 290) This shows perseverance because Jackie Robinson had to ignore everything and not fight back to the rude comments.
Great ballplayer and a fine gentlemen
“We can’t fight our way through this, Robinson. We’ve got no army. There’s virtually nobody on our side. No owners, no umpires, very few newspapermen. And I’m afraid that many fans will be hostile. We’ll be in a tough position. We can only win if we can convince the world that I’m doing this because you’re a great ballplayer and a fine gentlemen”. (page 293)This shows perseverance because Jackie Robinson has to convince everybody that color does not matter and they are doing this for baseball.
Could I turn the other cheek?
“Could I turn the other cheek? I didn’t know how I would do it. Yet I knew that I must. I had to do it for so many reasons. For black youth, for my mother, for Rae, for myself.” (page 295) This shows perseverance because he has to show the people that he cares about that he can ignore all of this and turn the other check.
Robinson, Jackie. "The Noble Experiment." Comp. Alfred Duckett. The Language of Literature. Vol. 7. Evanston: McDougal Littell, 2002. 288-95. Print.