Rude am I in my speech, And little blest with the soft phrase of peace . . .
The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,
by William Shakespeare, Act I, Scene iii, Lines 81-83
In a lot of ways, Jackie Robinson and Othello could have been ancestral relatives. Both were “representing” a minority group in a community where their decisions and actions were constantly judged unfairly. But luckily for us (and history), Jackie Robinson learned the lesson that Othello could not – how to withstand the blatant racist discrimination (and intimidation) with courage, grace and restraint.