Today I read what I think is the most concise and powerful paragraph yet written concerning baseball and the Arizona immigration law. A law that many know to be unconstitutional. The consequences of the unconstitutional law are many, including economic measures that underscore the concern that the whole nation has over the racist way Arizona is dealing with a national concern. There are those boycotting the Arizona Diamondbacks this year, and urging that 2012’s All-Star game not be held in Arizona. This blog supports both the boycott and the placement of next years game in a state with some common decency.
(I highlighted the punch below.)
As pressure mounts, baseball should listen to the concerns of its Latin players and move the game. If Arizona wants to enact these laws, the conservative political leaders behind the anti-immigration law need to accept the consequences. Baseball is a business –it’s an industry that could be severely impacted by the law, especially if its players start ending up in Arizona jails because they forgot to carry their passport. Why should Arizona get the privilege of hosting baseball’s mid-summer party when its state laws discriminate against a quarter of baseball’s workforce?