Here we go. The race-hustlers believe they’ve latched onto a winner. Never mind the fact that a vast majority (59%) of Americans support Arizona… Never mind that 70% of Arizona voters who live with the problem support the bill… Never mind that the immigrant ID law has been on the books for 70 years… Never mind that the media has completely misrepresented the legislation… Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson want Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to pull the All-Star Game from Phoenix.
The Daily Pitch reported:
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson sent a letter Monday to Commissioner Bud Selig to take a stand against the new immigration law in Arizona by pulling the 2011 All-Star Game out of the state.
This is the letter sent today to Selig:
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition appeals to Major League Baseball to take a public stand against the recently passed Arizona immigration law. We also urge you to move the scheduled 2011 all-star game from Diamondback Stadium in Arizona unless this law is repealed.
America’s democracy is based on the values of freedom and equality–a level playing field for all of its people. The passage of the Arizona immigration law is an affront to these principles, representing the most divisive and polarizing approach to immigration reform. It is morally reprehensible and will be challenged as unconstitutional in the courts. This law – and the social “movement” that has inspired it – will have a negative impact on all of America’s people.
Major League Baseball is truly an international sport. Well over 25% of MLB players are of Latino descent, and players, coaches, managers, and staff come from many countries other than the United States. From Jackie Robinson’s breakthrough moment in 1947 to today, they make major league baseball one of the world’s most popular sports. They come here legally, documented, with the single goal of showcasing their skills and contributing to the growth and success of Major League Baseball. They should not be subjected to humiliating and illegal harassment.
The Arizona law will have a devastating impact on the integrity and public image of Major League Baseball. Imagine if players or their families are stopped and interrogated by law enforcement – not just during all-star week, but during any games – spring training (where half of the teams locate in Arizona) and regular season – played in Arizona. That would truly be a dark day for Major League Baseball. We urge MLB to take all necessary measures to protect the rights and interests of your players, coaches, staff and their families.
Sincerely,Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
President and Founder/Rainbow PUSH Coalition
For the record… Illegal immigrant families in the United States make more than black families. African Americans were paid a median household income of $32,000 in 2007. In the same year, the median household income for illegal immigrants was $37,000. With national unemployment hovering around 10 percent and black male unemployment at a staggering 17.6 percent, it’s not true that undocumented workers are doing the jobs that Americans won’t do. But, Al Sharpton doesn’t care about black people.