Major League Baseball has pimped the legacies of Jackie Robinson and Hank Arron for decades, and despite all the “diversity initiatives” and youth programs the league continues to establish in the name of “inclusion,” it’s become quite apparent that it’s all for show.
How do I know this is true?
Because the league is now requesting that their $5,000 political donation to a candidate, who has used racist messages to attract racist voters, be returned, but only after it was caught red-handed.
On Saturday, Judd Legum of “Popular Information,” a newsletter dedicated to politics, reported evidence that MLB donated the legal maximum ($5,000) to Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith last Friday.
There are two huge problems with the MLB’s donation:
One, Hyde-Smith is using blatant white supremacist tactics to appeal to racist voters.
And two, MLB made the donation after it became publicly apparent that Hyde-Smith would enjoy watching people get hanged in a state with an appalling history of black lynchings, as well as being a supporter of voter suppression.
Hyde-Smith has been in the news lately because a few weeks ago she posed with a supporter and said, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”
She also believes making things harder for some people to vote is a great idea.
“And then they remind me that there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don't want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that's a great idea," Hyde-Smith said in the video.
This is the part where I tell you that Hyde-Smith’s Democratic opponent is a black man named Mike Espy who is trying to become the first black senator in the state of Mississippi since Reconstruction. The two candidates are engaged in a hotly contested runoff election which goes to the voters Tuesday.
This is also the part where I inform you that between 1877 and 1950, there wasn’t a place on Earth that lynched more black people than Mississippi. It’s also the state that for decades terrorized black citizens who dared to exorcise their legal right to vote.
These aren’t racist dog whistles Hyde-Smith is using, they’re sirens.
But while companies like Aetna, AT&T, Pfizer, Walmart, Union Pacific, and Boston Scientific scrambled to request their donations back and distance themselves from Hyde-Smith because of her views, MLB and San Francisco Giants co-owner Charles B. Johnson, and his wife, had no problem donating the legal limits to support Hyde-Smith and her racist comments.
By Sunday morning, MLB was trying to save face by asking for its donation back.
A spokesperson from the league also told Fancred that they were not aware of Hyde-Smith’s “reprehensible comments” when the donation was made. But I’m not buying it, especially since the check was cut three weeks after she said it, as the league was exposed by “Popular Information” just twelve hours earlier.
"The contribution was made in connection with an event that MLB lobbyists were asked to attend," an MLB spokesperson said in a statement Sunday morning. "MLB has requested that the contribution be returned."
So I if you want a $5,000 gift from Major League Baseball, invite MLB lobbyists to your kid’s next birthday.
Hyde-Smith’s “hanging” clip was made national news, it’s hard to believe Major League Baseball was unaware when they made their donation. And are we supposed to believe they blindly cut checks to candidates without doing their due diligence? All it would take is a google search.
At the beginning of 2017, MLB announced three huge senior-level promotions that would oversee diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility efforts for the league.
"As the sport of Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, we have a responsibility to uphold and honor their legacies, especially in ensuring that our sport and business practices are as inclusive, diverse and socially-conscious as possible,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred back then.
In October of 2017, the league announced a diversity fellowship program that was created to “widen the talent pool of future industry leaders and build on the legacy of trailblazers like Jackie Robinson.
"As an organization, we believe that the diversity of our workforce, which includes different perspectives and creative thought, leads to a stronger and more effective operation,” Manfred explained back then.“Additionally, the national pastime's history of trailblazing leadership inspires us to ensure that every opportunity for employment is afforded to those who wish to work within our game."
I’m here to tell you that Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball are full of it.
Because it’s impossible to be sincere about these efforts, while also writing checks to support people like Cindy Hyde-Smith.
So as the conversation about why don’t more black people play baseball continues, I’m here to give you the hard truth.
Black people aren’t playing baseball because Major League Baseball supports people who want to watch us hang from trees.
Is that answer clear enough for you?