Sammy Davis, Jr. (the Rat Pack)

Sammy Davis, Jr. was the sole African-American in the Rat Pack, a group of five entertainers in Las Vegas.
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FranksWildYear s
06/17/2008

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I don't think the element of patronization was there for Sammy's membership in the Rat Pack to be considered token.  He was part of the group because he fit as a complimentary talent.  No one was too polite to remark about his race any more or less so than they were to make sport of Joey Bishop being a Jew or Sinatra and Martin being Italian.  While the whole schtick seems pretty dated in our politically correct world it was actually progressive for a group to openly joke about race and sex and politics in the buttoned down late 50's early 60's.

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Molfan
06/16/2008

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Sammy Davis was a star in his own right. very talented performer, great singer, dancer and actor. he kept right up with those guys. he was just part of the Rat Pack. I could see those Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and the others were true friends with him.he was  never a token to them. they may have joked about it but they were a fun group to watch.

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jaywilton
08/04/2007

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Sammy Davis Jr. was the best all-round entertainer I ever saw-and I don't think he was a token in this group.I think Peter Lawford was sorta the token Englishman/political connection to the Kennedy's for Sinatra-and Joey Bishop was the token Jew(no offense meant to Sammy);see-for example-the film,'The Rat Pack.'

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irishgit
06/14/2007

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I'm with Jed on this one. The rest of the pack weren't exactly Renaissance men, and I suspect that they liked having Sammy around. On the other hand, he was a pretty white sort of black guy, so that probably made it easier for them.

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Flick01
04/22/2004

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As far as the Rat Pack is concerned Sammy Davis was never a token anything. By the time he met up with Sinatra and company he was already an established star on his own as well as with the Will Mastin Trio. Had Mr Davis been a token Black, it's not likely that Frank Sinatra would have ended racism in Las Vegas as he did. When he heard that Davis could not stay at the hotel where he was performing, Sinatra said to the hotel's manager If he doesn't stay here, I don't sing here. With that one sentence segregation of performers ended in Las Vegas, never to return.

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Jed1000
03/12/2004

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I don't know about this one. He really was friends with those other guys. I doubt they incuded him in only because of his race. I don't think they were enlightened enough to have even thought of doing that.

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