05/13/14 –

Donald Sterling and Michael Sam are two men in the spotlight bringing focus to issues of race, bigotry and tolerance, but in very different ways.

Donald Sterling’s words, caught on tape a few weeks ago, revealed the depths of his racism.

His interview this week with ‘CNN’ didn’t help his own case.

I really don’t have to say anything after that sound bite.

His ignorance speaks volumes.

Michael Sam, relieved that his decision to be himself didn’t cost him his career, had an emotional moment that was months in the making ever since he became the first openly gay NFL prospect.

He kissed his boyfriend live on national television, on a sports channel no less.

I wonder if that kiss helped promote tolerance or widen the divide because not everyone was on board, including some professional athletes who voiced their disgust.

At least two of them were black men who should know how bigotry and discrimination feel.

Dolphins player don Jones tweet ‘Omg’ and ‘horrible.’

He was promptly fined and excused from the team while he gets some ‘educational training’ and issued a full apology.

Former NFL player Derrick Ward commented that kids were watching the draft and ESPN shouldn’t have shown the kiss.

I wonder what Jackie Robinson would think of all of this?

Remember him?

When many were screaming’ no race mixing’, he was the guy who risked his life for inclusion in sports, inclusion for African Americans and all people of color.

Michael Sam is now the guy risking his livelihood and perhaps bodily harm on and off the field for further inclusion of all Americans.

So here’s the real question, the same voices, the big named players, leaders and influencers who so vehemently denounced Donald sterling by sending out statements and tweets and giving press conferences, where are they in support of Michael Sam?

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16 thoughts on “DON LEMON: Jackie Robinson Supporters Should Be Fans Of Michael Sam

  1. Blackcon on said:

    You got to be kidding me… Being gay and being black is not anything similar to each other. I was born black and didn’t have a choice, being gay is a choice. Stop mixing the two, because one can’t compare with the other. But, this is a way for this guy and the gay community to strong arm and hijack the black civil right movement is a insult and should be to me and all black Americans!

  2. 06050412 on said:

    Love this miread of comments. Keep your comments coming in a positive respectful way and show the world how we deal with controversy; in a posigive and respectful way and not in a nasty, guile fashion. Remember too that we who are of the faith community need to be in prayer about those of us who are on either side
    of the LGBT issue.

  3. ray hammond on said:

    Comparing Michael Sam to Jackie Robinson is not at all the point and is indeed dishonest. Jackie Robinson breaking into big league baseball did absolutely nothing to violate the word of God. What Don Lemon is really trying to do is persuade people to call him true and to call God a liar. God says the following on the subject of homosexuality:
    Leviticus 18:22
    You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
    Romans 1:26-28
    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
    Don Lemon and the gay community are telling you the exact opposite of what God says on this subject. His argument is not with those who see homosexuality as wrong. His argument is with non other than Almighty God. They have no problem with calling God a liar and are trying to convince others to do the same.
    Who do you believe Almighty God, or Don lemon.

  4. If Mr Lemon thinks Michael Sam is like Jackie Robinson, then he doesn’t understand the Civil Rights struggle and what Jackie Robinson represents. Believe me, Jackie Robinson wouldn’t be sticking his tongue into another man or woman’s mouth on national tv. Jackie Robinson had class and good taste!

  5. conshus on said:

    WHERE WERE THESE WHITE GAYS DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA? WITH THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS SUPPORTING WHITE SUPREMACY! I DON’T BELIEVE IN HOMOSEXUALITY AND NO ONE KNOWS UNTIL A GAY ANNOUNCES HIS SEXUAL PREFERENCE. IT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. IT IS MY BUSINESS HOWEVER, TO BE BLACK. I CAN’T CONCEAL IT OR HAVE TO ANNOUNCE ON NATIONAL TV MY COLOR PREFERENCE.WE WANT TO SEE YOU PLAY BALL NOT PLAY WITH ANOTHER MAN’S BALLS!

  6. Tyrone on said:

    UNNATURAL for men to COPULATE with men, therefore it is WRONG to compare the supports of Jackie Robinson with Michael Sam.

    • Willie on said:

      Agree with Tyrone; it is misleading on the part of Don Lemon to compare the fact-circumstances of Jackie Robison with the fact-circumstances of Michael Sam; man is not to have sex with another man.

  7. I’m not condoning the kiss on TV at all. In fact I think ESPN showing it over, and over was excessive. But remember when Madonna, and Brittney Spears kissed on TV. Most people were shocked; but moved on past that. We tend to have short memories.

  8. Timekeeeper on said:

    Don Lemon has a right to his opinion, but that doesnt make his truth any more righteous than your or mines. Ther is absolutely no comparison between Jackie Robinson and Mr. Sam. None, nada, zero. ESPN exploited Sam’s behaviour with is boyfriend. Should the 2 of them be allowed to express themsleves? Of course, but ESPN had a journalistic responsiblilty to the viewers, especially thousands of underage boys and girls who were undoubteldy perplexed. As some have already sadi, shoving this lifestyle donw peoples throats isnt the answer. People have a right to (respectfully) disagree without being labeled gay bashers. I respect Sam, but that doesnt make him a hero. In fact, they should stop uisng that word to describe coming out. Jackie Robinson was a hero. Those men walking over the Edmond pettis bridge on bloody sunday were heroes. Medgar Evers, the 3 young men signing up voters down in Mississippi in 1963 were heroes. I could go on and on, you get the point. there are plenty of heroes past and present. Sam nor any of his cohorts are heroes. He simply made a choice. As most of them do ( before being outed I might add)

    • Time: SOME of your points are valid; but as to what kids were exposed to by seeing them kiss is no different than what kids are exposed to everyday on the internet, and TV. In the form of porn, reality TV with BAD behavior such as people fighting, and showing no respect for one another. And, NO I’m not condoning the kiss being constantly shown on TV. In fact I thought it was gross (and I’m not homophobic). Sometimes we tend to forget that kids are exposed to all kind of shigady on net.

      • Timekeeeper on said:

        Ex[posed or not, that doesnt justify it. Those other sites you mentioned, internet and so on do not have any Journalistric creed. ESPN is supposed to have some!

  9. It’s not about Michael Sam being gay. It’s the extreme mockery ESPN made by continuing to show the two kissing. Like it or not it’s something that’s going to take time to accept and should not have been repeatedly forced on It’s viewers. It took a way respect for Sam as a football. Also not everyone is homophobic or a bigot simply because they don’t agree with what happened.

  10. I agree with anonymous, I am proud of Michael Sam’s for his courage, I am proud of Michael Sam’s for his playing ability, what he does in his private life is his life. What people failed to realize is that is his sexual preference. it does “NOT” define him. I think he is a wonderful kid, well polished and educated and what he has endured coming up, I just tip my hat and heart to him. He is the perfect example of how you are raised, how you are is a mentor for both straight and gay. Much love to you Michael Sam and God Bless you. My prayers are with you.

  11. anonymous on said:

    Jackie Robinson’s story has nothing to do with Michael Sam, in my opinion. People that are a part of the LGBT community try to use the civil rights of African Americans for their own and I disagree. I agree in equality, but being gay and people disagreeing with this is no where near the level of what African Americans had to face in this country. I agree that Sam should have a chance in the NFL and now he does. I just wish we would focus on his football skills and not his sexuality. He still has to make the team. I also disagree that players are being fined for their opinions. Every player will not agree with this move and that’s just the way it is. Please stop forcing people to accept this. You can’t change peoples’ beliefs and everyone is not homophobic for not agreeing with this. I believe the Rams only drafted him anyway just to shut people up and keep the NFL from the firestorm that would have came if he was not drafted, so don’t get to excited.

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