Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson

My 7-year-old son and I read this book on Monday. It is a wonderful children's story with a deeper message regarding the dark past of the United States pre-Civil Rights Act.

Fresh off a lesson regarding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., my son was curious about the level of discrimination those before and during Robinson's life were exposed to. This led to a discussion of the Jim Crow laws.

The look on his face was priceless - a mix of disgust and what-the-hell? His response was priceless as well: "Well, what kind of bonehead thought of those laws?"

Bonehead, indeed. It is comforting to see how much smarter each new generation gets. It gives me hope.

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