There’s no better sign that spring has sprung than the return of baseball, yet, I’m conflicted about heading out to the ballpark this season since apparently baseball is a symbol of white privilege.
When asked why neither he nor any other black baseball player had pulled an anthem stunt like San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick, all-star centre fielder for the Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones said:
“Baseball is a white man’s sport.”
ESPN columnist Howard Bryant chimed in, noting: “Baseball is a white man’s game and is so by the specific design of the people who run it.”
I thought the colour barrier in baseball was broken by Jackie Robinson in 1947 but Bryant implies Major League Baseball, which is 30% Latino and openly welcomes players of all colours from the world over, is somehow racist toward black Americans.
While it’s factually true that the number of blacks in baseball has declined over the years, I don’t believe it’s anti-black racism that’s driving the downward spiral.
Watch as I offer a more likely explanation for the decline and apply Adam Jones’ logic to the NBA where the numbers would indicate the NBA is being racist toward Caucasians.
Speaking of Mr. Jones, in 2012, he signed a six-year contract extension with the Orioles for $85.5M. Boy, old whitey sure screwed him over, didn’t he now?