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Edwin Jackson understands the fragile nature of being a Black player in Major League Baseball.

The former A's pitcher -- who also has suited up for 13 other franchises across the league -- believes being on the roster bubble is different when you are Black.

"Being on the bubble, a bubble player, where it's maybe myself and a white player, and myself not getting a job because I'm Black," Jackson told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole and Logan Murdock on the July 3 episode of "Race In America: A Candid Conversation."

"I've been in the office before where, I've been told that I needed to go back and work on my slider, I'm like 'My slider? That's what I came up on.' If you told me I need to go work on a changeup, then at least it wouldn't have been a slap in my face.

"You tell me I need to go work on my slider, and that's a better pitch for me than my fastball, it's clear and evident why I'm going back to Triple-A."

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Jackson signed a minor-league contract with the A's in 2018, and ended up going 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA over 17 starts for Oakland after being called up on June 25. He was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in May of 2019.

You can hear the latest episode of "Race In America: A Candid Conversation" in the podcast player above and see previous episodes here.