February 24, 2010 3:37 AM

Commentary: Being the first is never easy

Jackie Robinson was a First Black — as in first black player in modern Major League Baseball. And First Blacks bear the burden not only of their own destiny, but also that of every other African-American who hopes to follow. First Blacks must represent. It is a truism that seems especially timely during Black History Month in the age of Obama. Barack Obama is the ultimate First Black. Understanding that may help explain why this president doesn't always respond to provocation as some observers would hope or expect.

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