When New York Yankees legend Reggie Jackson began his career with the Oakland Athletics in 1967, the world was still plagued by racism and systemic oppression.
Fast forward more than 50 years and the world hasnâ€™t seen much change, as people are still fighting and clawing to gain the same privileges. However, the recent protests have sparked a voice in the country and world, and Jackson sees the reality/effect itâ€™s having on actual change. Here is what he said via social media on the differences from 50 years ago.
â€œOur Protest feels different this time.
â€œI could see it in the rainbow of skin colors in the crowd a couple days ago in my town at the Monterey Protest Walk.
â€œIt pumped me up inside. Made me feel others could feel what my heart needs.
â€œI WAS A TEENAGER IN THE 60s. Iâ€™VE lIVED IT !
â€œFinally more are understanding what Iâ€™ve felt for the past 60 years. And theyâ€™re with me. Made me smile, gave me hope.
â€œI could hear the words of Jim Brown, â€œweâ€™re gonna need the power of the white man to make the changes that are needed for us.â€
â€œYes !!! Finally maybe
â€œItâ€™s about we as in team.
â€œWe all wear the same uniform USA. So why not have the best players on our team. We need to have our best on the team. To make us the best we can be.
â€œWe need our different cultures involved, the thoughts, ideas, ideals, different people from different lifestyles and experiences, if weâ€™re going to be the best we can be.
â€œBeing involved in sports, weâ€™ve had so many different types of teammates, players and people to make us Champions.
â€œThe 5 times I experienced the championship as a player, as well as the 5 times (10 total) Iâ€™ve experienced being a World Championship while working with the Yankees since Iâ€™ve retired, while an â€œAdvisor to the Owner.â€ It was easy to see It takes the entire organization to be our BEST.
â€œWe need participation at higher levels to contribute to this new direction, Iâ€™m hoping that can happen.
â€œIâ€™m hoping to be witness to these changes that are coming.â€