Vandalization of the Dream

Updated: September 6, 2013

NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-It’s the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

But, despite King’s utopian dream, the country continues to be divided, even after the re-election of  its first African-American president, Barack Obama.

As a result, Black people find themselves marching and protesting once again in order to be treated like first class citizens.

With the violent death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman being a hot button topic, the racial tension in this country got even hotter with the recent vandalization of the legendary Jackie Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese’s monument outside the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium in Coney Island last month, which was sadly scribbled with racial slurs and swastikas at its base.

According to NBC Sports, Robinson’s statue was marked with hate-filled messages written that contained these racist remarks: ‘Heil Hitler,’ ‘Die n*****,’ Fu*k ni##er’ and ‘Fu*k Jackie Robinson.”

Shockingly, this cowardly act of destruction, occurred right after President Obama met with former members of the Negro league at the White House in order to celebrate their sportsmanship and heroism and, just months after Hollywood released the movie “42,” which tried educate a new generation of baseball players as well as the world about Robinson’s turbulent yet successful journey to integrate Major League Baseball.

Currently, there is a $50,000 reward for any information that will lead to the conviction of the vandals, who performed this distasteful act.

Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where received a B.A. in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Radio & Television, and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his reports appear daily along with his controversial cartoon in the Bobbee Bee The Hater. Graham can be reached at

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