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Janet Murguia, President of NCLR, urges Bud Selig to move the MLB All-Star Game

July 11th, 2010 · 5 Comments

In a bit of black-brown coalition building, NCLR’s President Janet Murguia, along with the President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Wade Henderson, penned an opinion piece in the Washington Post urging MLB to move the 2011 All-Star Game. Within the Latino blogosphere, many of us have been urging MLB to move the game from Arizona since over a quarter of the league’s ball players are Latino, and in this piece Murguia and Henderson state that roughly a third of the players who will be in Anaheim, California for this year’s All-Star Game will be Latino and black.

Fenton communications, teaming up with Presente.org, has already been operating a site called, MoveTheGame, urging the public to get involved in the effort to relocate next year’s All-Star game out of Arizona.

Since the Arizona law pretty much sanctions racial profiling in the name of immigration enforcement, one could imagine that an event with MLB, whose league is comprised of not only a diverse group of players but immigrants as well, that there could be hostility towards players, players’ families, and fans. The Major League Baseball Players Association has already issued a statement in opposition to the Arizona law back in April.

My feeling is that it is unconscionable to put MLB players, their families and fans at risk of being stopped by the local law enforcement authorities in this state because they may appear ‘foreign’. Furthermore, Major League Baseball shouldn’t award a state that stokes the flames of hatred and fear with an event like the All-Star game that brings in millions of dollars.

The meat of Murguia and Henderson’s piece is at the end, which I will include for readers here:

Surely the “best interests of baseball” include protecting players and millions of fans of color, not allowing MLB to be perceived as condoning blatant discrimination and injustice, and taking a stand for fairness, equality and other values that Americans and baseball hold dear. Selig should stand up for these players, these fans and these values.

Such a move would not be unprecedented. The NCAA does not allow post-season events, such as the Final Four, to occur in states that fly the Confederate flag. Years ago the NFL stood up to Arizona over its refusal to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday and moved the 1993 Super Bowl. Those sports institutions defended their players and fans, even though there was no direct threat to their safety. The Arizona law, however, is a direct threat, and Selig ought to take action.

If MLB wants to maintain the right to call baseball America’s favorite pastime, and preserve the legacy of Jackie Robinson, the All-Star game should not go to Phoenix next year. Commissioner, for the sake of baseball players and millions of fans, move the game.

If you are in agreement that MLB should move next year’s All-Star game, please take action here.

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Tags: African-Americans · Civil Rights · diversity · Government Accountability · Immigration · National Council of La Raza · racism

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chicano future tense // Jul 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Arizona sb1070..
    strike three..
    ……………..yerrr outtttt!!!

  • 2 V // Jul 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Since the All-Star game does not mean anything other than more money for MLB to collect on, and does not have a positive impact on players performance or the Angles or Dodgers winning the world series, I would not care if the All-Star game was never held Period.

  • 3 chalan // Jul 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

    In todays LA times a number of Latino players stated they would boycott the All-Star game next year if held in Arizona, Interestingly, all were foreign born Latinos. Where are the US born Latinos on this issue?

  • 4 Anna // Jul 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Latinos need to stop attending MLB baseball games altogether. They won’t take any action unless their attendance drops and they lose money. Why give your money to an organization that thinks you’re a second class citizen?

    I don’t want to be rude, but Janet is small potatoes with no vision. She always comes across to me as deferential.

    Has anybody here read SB 1070? If you are an American citizen and you provide a police officer with a passport or other form of ID, he can still choose to detain you in a federal detention center until the feds verify your citizenship. He can do this based on ‘reasonable suspicion.’ Of course, reasonable suspicion is left undefined. There is nothing in the law that says what type of documentation would prove your citizenship and legally prevent a police officer from detaining you. Everything is at his discretion.

    How do you think the conservative Supreme Court will rule? I really wish Hillary had won. She’d have the guts either to pass immigration reform or to deport everybody, foreclosing this fascist stunt by the GOP.

    If the courts throw out the law, do you think Obama will just implement it at the federal level? I do. He cannot stand up to any kind of backlash from the right.

    http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf

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