On Tuesday July 12, millions of Latino baseball fans will watch with pride as players with names like Gonzalez, Ortiz, and Reyes take the field at the 82nd Annual All-Star Game. But as the camera pans across Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, it will also be a painful reminder that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig failed to stand up for his Latino players, coaches, and fans by not speaking out against SB 1070.
Nearly one-third of baseball’s players are Latino. Without them, no team can compete in the major or minor leagues. Millions of Hispanic fans buy tickets and spend millions of dollars each year at the ballpark. And these millions of people are at risk of harassment and abuse in Arizona simply because of the way they look or sound. The solution for Selig should be as simple as two plus two: a place inhospitable to Latinos is a place inhospitable to baseball.
Yet from baseball’s top official there has been only a deafening silence.
It’s not too late. Selig can still use the opportunity at one of baseball’s most high-profile events—the Mid-Summer Classic—to bring attention to this issue. He could denounce what’s going on in Arizona, or he could wear a white ribbon in support of the peaceful protest being organized by the Unite Arizona: We Are All-Stars campaign.
Send Selig a virtual white ribbon and demand that he break his silence and speak up for the civil rights of all of the league’s players!
Thanks for reminding baseball that although the game will be played in Arizona, we haven’t forgotten!
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