Do you know what an "illegal immigrant" looks like?
Probably some of our best baseball players under the new anti-immigant law passed by the state of Arizona, which allows law enforcement officials to apprehend anyone based on whether they look like an "illegal immigrant." That translates into people with brown skin.
Boycotting is not happy hour but it is one of the ways in which we can express our displeasure. SB 1070 is a product of ignorance and a failed effort to find solutions to a broken immigration system. It legislates a system reminiscent of apartheid and must be rejected.
In the past, Arizona has been sanctioned by the NFL when the state refused to observe MLK Jr. Day, since the NFL has a large makeup of players of African-American descent. Given that Hispanics make up one-third of the rosters of Major League Baseball teams, and a lot of MLB players come from overseas, shouldn't the MLB step up to the plate and deliver?
Say No to Arizona. Ask the MLB to deliver a statement against SB 1070 and move the 2011 All-Star game from Arizona.
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Probably some of our MLB players like Juan Gutierrez, Gerardo Parra, and Rodrigo Lopez if we allow the harsh anti-immigrant Arizona law SB 1070 to stand, which commands law enforcement officials to target people based on whether they look undocumented.
SB 1070 breeds a climate of fear and hatred against Latinos and non-white immigrants. It is counter-productive, unconstitutional and legislates a system reminiscent of apartheid, which is fundamentally not American.
In fact, there is nothing more American than baseball and we must not tolerate situations where our players are cheered on the field and then asked for their papers when their jerseys are not on.
In the past, Arizona has been sanctioned by the NFL when the state refused to observe MLK Jr. Day. Given that Major League Baseball players come in all shades and from all parts of the world, I humbly ask that the MLB step up to the plate and support its players and fans.
Please deliver a statement in opposition to SB 1070 and move the 2011 All-Star Game from Arizona.
Your organization paved the way for desegregation almost 65 years ago. I ask you once again to stand up to a system of apartheid.