‘42’ is about Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first African American player in the 1940’s. 42 was his uniform number that so changed the world, the number has been retired by all MLB teams to underscore Jackie’s importance in the fight for civil rights.
Maybe you aren’t a sports fan or perhaps you think you get the plot already. But please, don’t underestimate the impact this movie will have on your life.
Whether you are ‘old school’ like me and lived in the depths of oppression or you are ‘short in the tooth’ and want to understand so many struggles for equality by the generations before you, this movie will not disappoint. I promise, you’ll walk away enriched.
So what made me cry during the movie?? Answer: It was a very painful reminder of all the oppression and hatred that every gay or lesbian or transgendered or bisexual or questioning person has experienced sometime during their life, regardless of age.
By no means am I trying to diminish the struggle so many minorities face as we all fight for just understanding and equality under the law, particularly the struggles of black people all over the world. Whether its racism or sexual orientation, it matters not. We all have seen deadly consequences from the prejudices of society. This movie so expresses that danger without showing it outright but expresses the dangers and side effects better than so many others I’ve seen.
To see the outright hatred that is directed, both physically and mentally, at someone who merely wanted to live their own passion in life and was hated vociferously for the color of the skin he was born in is so painful, from anyone’s perspective.