Dodging Hatred & Prejudice

jackie 42If your middle or high school kids haven’t seen the movie 42 yet – make sure they do.  And see it yourself, too.

Predictable it is. But the historical film of Jackie Robinson’s journey to become the world’s first African American major league baseball player has a fabulous message for older kids – and adults. Some schools are making it a year end field trip for social studies or history class.

I saw 42 yesterday with about 242 high school juniors. Their American History teacher wanted to make sure his students got a taste of an era that they are too young to remember. Then we took my younger daughter and some cousins to see it last night. I asked a few of them what they thought about the movie. Their comments were interesting:

jackie and Rickey“It’s an amazing story.”

“He was so brave.”

“They were so mean to him.”

“I liked it when his team mates stood up for him.”

“Hard to believe this actually happened like 60 years ago, when grandpa was my age.”

“That still goes on – it just looks different.”

The movie 42 is rated PG-13. If you’re wondering if it’s appropriate for your own kids, check out this Common Sense media review on 42. They suggest it’s a great movie for families with kids 11 and up. And it might be ok for baseball buffs who are younger than 12 or 13, if they are sensitized to some of the language before they see it.

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Thank you to all the teachers and schools out there giving their students the opportunity to experience this film and it’s powerful message. And thank you to Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and sports writers for making #42 the only number retired in baseball history. A legend indeed.

What a great way to teach empathy and tolerance in a world that still needs it.



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