Baseball on your mind as the World Series is coming up soon? How can you stand all the white racism on the field? It’s terrible. It’s horrible. Who do these white people think they are?
Excerpt from USA Today
A USA TODAY Sports study of 67 bench-clearing incidents in Major League Baseball over the past five seasons found the main antagonists hailed from different ethnic backgrounds in 87% of the cases.
Just more than half of them – 34 – pitted white Americans against foreign-born Latinos. Another four featured white Americans and U.S.-born Latinos.
The figures are startling in a sport where white Americans compose about 60-65% of the population. Based on Opening-day figures, most of the rest is made up of players born outside the U.S. (26.5%) – the vast majority from Latin countries – African Americans (8%) and an undetermined number of Latinos born on U.S. soil.
“I think it’s a culture shock,’’ [San Diego Padres pitcher Bud] Norris said. “This is America’s game. This is America’s pastime, and over the last 10-15 years we’ve seen a very big world influence in this game, which we as a union and as players appreciate. We’re opening this game to everyone that can play. However, if you’re going to come into our country and make our American dollars, you need to respect a game that has been here for over a hundred years, and I think sometimes that can be misconstrued. There are some players that have antics, that have done things over the years that we don’t necessarily agree with.
“I understand you want to say it’s a cultural thing or an upbringing thing. But by the time you get to the big leagues, you better have a pretty good understanding of what this league is and how long it’s been around.’’
Bud Norris has, of course, been forced to apologize for his remarks.
A clash of cultures is a nice way of saying that diversity doesn’t work. It’s never worked and never will. But of course, even though Latino baseball players play according to their culture while in the USA, it’s the fault of racist American players that brawls happen.
Excerpt from Vice
Major League Baseball can expand into more countries and open the league up to more foreign born players than ever before, and yet still give off the persistent drone of racism because its dominant representation on the field are still white, American-born players. In 2014, 26.3 percent of players on opening day rosters were born outside the U.S. Only 8.3 percent of the American-born players that season were black.
Essentially, you have a predominantly white player base. And these players will tell you that the forced conformity to white American baseball values isn’t racist, it’s simply protecting the sanctity of something bigger than all of us: The Game.
Whites are right. Let Latinos form their own teams and leagues and call it what they want. In contrast to Latinos, Japanese baseball players and teams that come to America, play the game by the rules.
Is that really so hard to do!