The pressure will continue to mount on Major League Baseball to move the 2011 All-Star game out of Phoenix.
Calls from many sides have been made to Commissioner Bud Selig to make the move because of the probably unconstitutional Arizona immigration law that allows police to demand identification from an individual who they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe may be an illegal alien.
Just what “reasonable suspicion” means is one issue with the law.
Another is the clear intent of the law to challenge Latinos in Arizona to identify themselves, which is a backlash to the uproar regarding those entering the country from Mexico illegally.
Numerous conventions have pulled out of plans to go to Arizona, the city of Los Angeles is going to boycott business with Arizona and individuals have called in by the thousands to cancel vacations.
Selig spoke around the issue on Thursday in a meeting with reporters after an owners meeting in New York.
He dodged the issue by referring to baseball’s affirmative action programs and said, “Apparently all the people around and in minority communities think we are doing OK.”
Selig said, “We’ve done everything we should do,” referring to past practices by MLB to deal with discrimination. He said he told the owners they should be “proud of what we’ve done socially.”
The problem is discrimination and hatred do not live in the past. They exist now has they have forever. That is why the fight against such evil never ends.
Roberto Lovato, who heads up a group nationally to move the game out of Phoenix, thought this and was joined by others who sent a letter to Selig saying the game must be moved for baseball to continue in the traditions of anti discrimination.
Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the White Sox has already said that he would not participate in the 2011 All Star game if it stays in Phoenix.
One would believe there will be an organized effort to have Latino ball players, in fact all players, to join such a boycott. Then, not only will Selig be on the hot seat, but the players association as well.
If MLB should favor moving the game, then shouldn’t the players’ association be right there as well?
Many are disheartened and upset at the federal government’s inability to deal with illegal immigration in an effective way. Few have answers.
Enactment of a law that guarantees abuses by law enforcement officials through selective and harassing enforcement is not an answer.
The Arizona law violates every portion of the Constitution that protects individual freedoms from government encroachment.
It is a law designed to harass a minority group because Arizona, through its state government, isn’t happy with the federal action on immigration.
That is a law that demands good people stand and say NO.
MLB should be in that group.