The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 19, 2013

Letter: Everyone should view movie ‘42’

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — I urge everyone to view the currently playing movie titled “42,” which tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s entrance into Major League Baseball.

It earned the rare applause of the audience at its conclusion, a heartfelt response to the courage of Mr. Robinson and perhaps a plea for finding a way across the racial divide that still plagues us as a culture.

The movie is wonderfully inspiring, but it had one shortcoming: It did not adequately answer why Mr. Robinson, and secondarily, Branch, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ general manager, took this journey.

It offered up as reasons the love of baseball and, of course, the righting of a great wrong.

Surely, both played a part, but seen inadequate to explain the strength and courage both men, but particularly Mr. Robinson, displayed in the face of such awful abuse.

If you want to explore the reasons at a deeper level, and perhaps find a better answer, read the new book, “7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness,” authored by Eric Metaxas. Mr. Robinson just happens to be one of the seven. So watch the movie, then read the book.

Let us consider the real greatness of Mr. Robinson, which is far more significant than his exploits on the baseball diamond.

Perhaps, if we incorporate the source of his greatness into our own lives, we will find the strength and courage to cross the racial divide in our own community, even at great sacrifice.

Thomas A. Schenk