Wild Pitch

by Norman Horowitz

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, while celebrating civil rights in Georgia, was speaking in Atlanta about the 2011 All-Star game in Arizona. The game is to honor, among others, the great musician Carlos Santana. He was to be the Latino stand-in, a smiling symbol of baseball’s diversity. And maybe, he would even play a song!

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I love it that Selig picked the wrong Latino. When Santana took the microphone, he said that he was representing all immigrants, and he added, “The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.” (He was referring, of course, to the anti-illegal immigration bills passed by Arizona’s and Georgia’s governments.)

The cheers in the ball park quickly turned to boos. Yes, Carlos Santana was booed on Civil Rights Day in Atlanta for having the temerity to talk about — can you believe it? — civil rights.   Continue reading “Wild Pitch”

Quote of the Day: David S. Broder

Even before a word was spoken — let alone the eloquent words that have echoed down through history — it had become absolutely evident from the people themselves that achieving civil rights would be the way to heal, not damage, the country.

I went back to [my office] wondering what it was we had been afraid of. And I’ve remembered this many times since, when people have tried to teach us to fear certain things, such as someone else’s marriage or place of worship.

— David S. Broder, recalling his experience in the crowd that witnessed MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech (Washington Post)