by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Honestly, sometimes you have to wonder why some people don’t bother to think about the impact of their decisions. Woke Major League Baseball moved the All-Star game out of Atlanta because the Lefties who run the league don’t like Georgia’s election reforms.
Who gets hurt thanks to MLB’s political rant? Underprivileged kids, that’s who. The Washington Free Beacon reports that Men of Excellence expected to raise $50,000 from concession stand sales at the All-Star game — money that would have offered Atlanta kids and single parents a hand up.
That’s the frustrating part of the story.
The uplifting part? People see through this political nonsense. In reaction, they’re stepping up to help Atlanta families — despite the politically correct elitists at Major League Baseball.
For Darryl Wilson, who is black, the league’s “rash” judgment marked an unfortunate example of the “collateral damage of this partisan culture war currently gripping Georgia and our country.” The retired Navy pilot decided to organize a “Stand Up for Atlanta” fundraiser in an attempt to recoup the nonprofit’s losses.
“Lost in the frustration and anger from both sides of the aisle are the men and women who will lose out on one of the largest revenue-generating events they will see in their lifetime,” Wilson said.
Fact is, woke baseball elitists are selective in their wokeness, as the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger reminded us in April.
In the interests of tit-for-tat, note that in 2016, President Obama sat next to Raúl Castro watching a baseball game, supported by the major leagues, in communist Cuba, whose liberalization since that state visit has been zero.
Hello? Google it and see for yourself.
Now, about the Georgia voting law. Here’s part of the description of what it does, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.
Georgia’s new law leaves in place Sunday voting, a point of contention with earlier proposals, given that black churches have a “souls to the polls” tradition after services. The Legislature, rather, decided to expand weekend early voting statewide, by requiring two Saturdays instead of only one under current law. In total, Georgia offers three weeks of early voting, which began last year on Oct. 12. This is not exactly restrictive: Compare that with early voting that started Oct. 24 last year in New York.
Yep, New York. Home of the Yankees and the Mets.