As RedState managing editor Jennifer Van Laar reported earlier, Major League Baseball has decided to move their All-Star game to Denver in protest of Georgia’s new voting law. The decision left many scratching their heads, considering the fact that Colorado’s voting laws contain some of the same supposedly “racist” restrictions that Georgia’s now do.
The more one reads between the lines, the more one sees that this obviously was not a well-thought-out move by MLB to appease the activist left, especially when you look at the demographics of Atlanta – where the game was originally going to be played, versus Denver – where it will be played now:
Atlanta, Georgia, is 51% black and 40.9% white, U.S. Census data from 2019 showed. Denver was 80.9% white and 9.8% black in 2019, according to U.S. Census data. ESPN reported Monday that the All-Star Game would take place at Coors Field.
Numerous sources reported that the MLB’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star game could cost black-owned businesses. Nearly 30% of businesses in Atlanta are black-owned, and Georgia will face an estimated lost economic impact of more than $100 million due to the MLB’s boycott of Atlanta, according to the president and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism Holly Quinlan.
In other words, by trying to appear “woke” and “socially conscious,” Major League Baseball just ripped money out of the hands of minority business owners in Atlanta and put it in the hands of business owners in a city that is mostly white.
Here’s a minority business owner in Georgia who operated near where the game would have been played who told a local news station that MLB’s decision would be devastating for her business:
While these identity politics games aren’t my cup of tea, these are the left’s rules, and we can see that in trying to abide by them, Major League Baseball ended up hurting the very people they claim to want to help:
Congrats to @MLB for taking their business out of one of the largest majority African-American metro areas in the country and to a state with relatively similar voting laws in the name of social justice, you absolute clowns.https://t.co/7T4py62Ldg
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 6, 2021
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 6, 2021
LOL. So the losers at @MLB ditched Atlanta for a less diverse city in a state that has more restrictive elections over a bill that has a plurality of support.
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) April 6, 2021
Florida Congressman Byron Donalds (R) said it best:
ATL is the 2nd largest majority Black metro area in America, & woke C-Suite executives are single-handedly hurting Black communities by pulling business out of the city.
Again, woke liberalism is ignoring facts & hurting communities they claim to be supporting.
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) April 2, 2021
The saying “get woke, go broke” applies here, except in this case the people going broke are the people hurt by MLB’s decision to listen to arguments made by politically opportunistic Democrats like President Biden and liberal icon Stacey Abrams and cave to woke mobs.
A little backbone here would have ultimately done MLB some good in the long run, but unfortunately, backbones appear to be in short supply in certain corporate circles these days.