Major League Baseball, which as an institution becomes less and less relevant every year has waded into the murky sludge of “wokeness” with their controversial reaction to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver due to Georgia’s new voter laws. The primary cause of this is purportedly due to the enactment of Georgia’s SB 202, a measure designed to increase the security of the Peach State’s electoral system, adding among other reforms a Voter ID requirement in the fallout of the highly irregular 2020 Election.
This is especially puzzling considering that Georgia took a huge step last week by repealing the KKK inspired “Cobb Code” in a huge moral victory for the Black community and an affirmation of the State’s readiness to leave the shameful legacy of slavery behind them.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stepped directly onto the proverbial third rail on Good Friday when he announced, “Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and the Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” he said in a statement. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.” according to Fox News.
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) April 2, 2021
The Immediate Backlash On the MLB Regarding Voter ID Laws
The Atlanta Braves, most directly impacted by the decision immediately spoke out in rejection of the MLB’s hypocritical action. They tweeted, “Unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.”
The Braves statement regarding the moving of the MLB All-Star Game: pic.twitter.com/0Iapm3eIre
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 2, 2021
The greatest source of contempt from many conservatives and politically informed members of the public is that the state of Colorado where the MLB has decided to ultimately hold the All-Star Game…. has Voter ID laws already on the books, arguably creating a much higher standard that those just enacted by Atlanta.
Furthermore, many point to the MLB’s seemingly racial motivation for punishing Georgia by pointing out that about 30% of all businesses in Atlanta are Black-owned, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland generated about $65-million for the rust-belt city, and due to COVID this could be less for the 2021 game, but it would likely still be substantial boost for the economically depressed businesses.
Ryan Saavedra of Daily Wire tweeted,
Denver is 76.1% white and only 9.2% black.
Atlanta is 40.9% white and 51% black.
Democrats are really good with their whole "racial justice" thing https://t.co/htKlQT1YRm
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 6, 2021
The new Georgia law: according to Savannah Now,
- Shortens the Absentee Ballot request period.
- Shortens Runoff Elections
- Tightens deadlines and requirements for county elections supervisors.
- Bans the use of mobile voting buses for early voting except in emergencies.
- Limits the placement and availability of Voting Drop boxes, to only during early voting.
- Prohibits the passing out food and drink to voters, except by poll workers.
- Makes the Chair of the State Election Board, a position appointed by the legislature.
Meanwhile, Colorado law carries a far more stringent in-person Voter ID requirement, and even requires Voter ID for an absentee ballot if its’ your first time voting that way.
According to vote.org‘s Colorado page,
Absentee voter ID requirements
If you’re not voting for the first time in Colorado, you don’t need to show ID to vote.
If you’re a first time Colorado voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered, you’ll need to provide a photocopy of one of the following forms of ID along with your mail ballot:
- A copy of a current photo ID showing your name and photograph
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
It looks like Major League Baseball missed the memo, as both of their reasons for moving the game fall quite flat on any kind of meaningful examination. Does it help the Black community? Nope. Does it send a message about Election standards? Nope. It does however, show that the leadership of the failing organization are shameless opportunists seeking to cash-in on the political discord that is ripping our nation apart. Not a good look for the “great American pass-time” is it?