Anyone who’s ever gotten in trouble because of who they are and not what they did will understand this one. When the rules about segregation in the military change, Jack is following the new rules when he gets on the bus and doesn’t move to the back. But who gets in trouble? Jack, of course. He has to explain himself at a court martial. Other people on the bus make up things about how disrespectful he is, white people make threats and no one does anything, the bus driver doesn’t get in trouble for trying to force Jack to follow the old rules. And the list just goes on and on.
Jack does win the case, when the truth finally comes out. But this is only the beginning of a lifetime of standing up he will do. Jack will leave the military and become the baseball-playing Jackie Robinson we all know. One person, many stories.
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and R. Gregory Christie