"The same courage you see on the field," says Jackson, "is the opposite of what you sec off the field." It is the star players' failure to recognize their potential influence on front-office decisions that continues to minimize the impact blacks and Hispanics have on the game. This ignorance is not the same as innocence. For the most part these players are guilty of not recognizing injustice when it stares them in the face.
The lack of support from the players speaks louder than any threat of demonstrations. Their collective silence makes Jackson look like a self-serving mouthpiece who seeks publicity—not equality. A slogan commonly used by protesters these days is "No justice, no peace." If minority players continue to keep the peace, they can forget about justice.