Sarah Wildman - Politics Daily
In 20th century America, sports became the great equalizer, a chance for athletes to meet in a context outside of inequality, away from discrimination.
But meeting that lofty goal required sportsmen and women to break down barriers, to convince the public through deed, and sometimes word, of their worth and ability. It also required teams and owners and facilitators, who enabled integration and discouraged racism in the stands, among fans.
As World Cup 2010 frenzy begins, turn, for a moment, to an unlikely Jackie Robinson in a Diadora jacket, bouncing a soccer ball on his knee.