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Black player’s treatment very much an error of the era

Yvonne Abraham overlooks a critical point in her April 29 column on Lou Montgomery (“A reminder of how far we’ve come on race — and yet must go,” Page A1): As immoral and appalling as racial segregation was, the practice was tacitly accepted by most of American society in 1940, from Major League Baseball to the US military.

Unlike Boston College, relatively few college teams of that era even included African-Americans on their varsity football rosters. (Yale’s first African-American football player enrolled in 1945; Notre Dame’s in 1949; and it would be decades before African-Americans played football for the nation’s service academies.)

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