As is so often the case in so many instances, history is why we need to act today. A step forward that never moves again, is just a change of position and not something that leads to progress. Progress is understanding that the first strained and efforted step forward only counts if it is followed by continued and effortless steps in the same direction. Intolerance, if ignored and disregarded as an isolated incident, runs the very real and dangerous risk of multiplying silently in dark corners of society thriving among the daily goings-on of life and becoming acceptable by disguising itself as innocent ignorance and the protection of traditional values.
Major League Baseball outfielder Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles received an apology from the Boston Red Sox today after he was subjected to racist abuse and had objects thrown at him from the crowd at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday night.
This can not be permitted to happen in Baseball, where Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated every year. The Red Sox and Major League Baseball must find these racist stadium attendees (I won’t call them fans) and make examples of them. Why?…
In 1959, the Red Sox were the last team to integrate and permit black players. In 1945, they actually passed on signing Jackie Robinson after giving him a tryout. Even during this tryout, with only management present, Robinson still endure racist comments on the field. It took the NAACP getting involved and charges being pressed for the Red Sox to eventually call up infielder Pumpsie Green from their farm club. But, what matters is that they did and helped change the face of baseball. Literally.
Zero tolerance means zero tolerance. So when the Boston Red Sox find these racists, they must ban them from Fenway for life. THAT is how you deal with this. Anything less is complacency.
The story on the incident…
Follow-up: Bizarrely, the original link I had to the New York Times story on the incident was changed to redirect to a story about how the Red Sox fans gave Jones a standing ovation. The New York Times has wiped any reference to the original story and what Jones experienced on Monday. I had to put in the BleacherReport story instead to have the original facts be readable, something the NY Times edit now impedes.