As a man on a “great social mission,” former Vice President Al Gore says he feels like baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson, the messenger of integration who was often ridiculed and worse when he hit the bases as the first black to play professional ball.
“There is a time-honored tradition of people who strongly disagree with a message and take it out on the messenger, and opponents of integration had a personal animus for Jackie Robinson. Opponents of all the great social movements would take out after the advocates that were most effective in asking people to change,” Gore told his one-time employer, Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper.
“As a result, I don’t take it personally when the criticism comes at me. I believe so passionately in this mission, if you will. The word ‘mission’ might sound a little grandiose, but that’s kind of what it feels like to me. Honestly, it is a joy and a privilege to have work that justifies pouring every ounce of energy you can pour into it. That is a blessing that is to be cherished,” he added in an interview to discuss the 10th anniversary of his movie and book, “An Inconvenient Truth.”