42-movie-poster__spanMy wife and I just got home from seeing¬†42¬†the true story of Jackie Robinson. No, I cannot imagine what it was like in 1948, let alone the 60’s. I only know what I know from the short life I have lived at 46 yrs old.

I remember in 1989, right out college, working in sales in southern Arkansas. I visited a couple of very small towns to talk to the physicians. Some single doctor clinics still had two entry doors. It was understood within those communities that your skin color determined which door you entered to sit in a waiting room. I had never been exposed to accepted segregation prior to that experience. And still today, there are some who look at the color of skin and not the heart, words or actions to determine the character and quality of a person.

Because people are racist towards religion, skin color, political party affiliation, income level, etc., I am sure it will never truly go away. I guess the hope in the movie 42, is that there are some strong people who will have the character to stand strong and find a way to overcome those who hate. Be the person who stands up with these individuals and win the hearts of those who hold up the barriers.