Rasmussen polls recently confirmed that over two-thirds of Black voters (approx. 70 percent) support voter ID laws. Black voters understand that voter fraud undermines black voices; this is the most prevalent form of voter disenfranchisement. When black voices are silenced, all “Black life” is damaged in general.
This weekend, Co-Founders Kevin McGary and Neil Mammen of Every Black Life Matters (EBLM), a Christian alternative organization to BLM, released an open letter to Major League Baseball (MLB) questioning their strong history of supporting civil rights after last week’s decision to punish Georgia by withdrawing the All-Star games from the state.
We’d like to take a quote directly from the MLB website:
“Ironically, in a few days from now on April 15 it will have been 74 years ago that the MLB began to unravel segregation in sports. Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey made a small step for man, but a huge step for this country.”
As Branch Rickey predicted, despite Robinson’s stellar play, he endured a great amount of verbal abuse from fans. And the abuse was not restricted to fans. Opposing players hurled verbal insults at Robinson but they also played rough and employed tactics that many saw as outside the bounds of acceptable play. But there were Major Leaguers who accepted and encouraged Robinson. In 1948, Robinson’s teammate Pee Wee Reese came to his aid during a game in Cincinnati where the fans were especially ruthless. Reese simply walked over, put his arm around Robinson and looked out at the crowd. This show of solidarity proved that Robinson was accepted by his teammates and should be by those who came and watched the game.
Where is the same courage as Branch Rickey?
Instead of Major League Baseball moving venues and threatening Georgians, they should redouble efforts to expand services in Georgia. The MLB alone was destined to bring over $190,000,000 in commerce during the MLB All-Star festivities; this represents tens of thousands of employment opportunities for Georgians. The Georgia employment segment is made up of majority-minority; blacks are the overwhelming majority of minority employment in Georgia.
With Georgia’s notable vote irregularities of the past, there’s little doubt many blacks saw nullification of their collective will. The surprising truth is: any illegal vote creates voter disenfranchisement (generally), but due to the ratio as a percentage of the population, vote fraud imposes a disproportionally negative effect on Black life (especially Black life in urbanized, poor communities).
The entire letter can be found at https://everyblm.com/open-letter-to-mlb/.
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—By CNJ Staff