Occasionally I write posts that have nothing to do with books and this is one of them. This is definitely not an uplifting post.
As many of you know from reading my posts, I’m a huge baseball fan and have been for many decades.Two nights ago was the 2013 All-Star game that I watched on television, which was won by the American League. However it seems that many so- called “fans” of America’s pastime were offended that Marc Anthony, who was born in America of Puerto Rican parents, sang “God Bless America.” This is the same Marc Anthony who performed at the White House, who has won numerous awards including two Grammies. I’m sure that Marc Anthony employs many Americans of different races, including Caucasians, in his various enterprises. However, I guess he’s not allowed to sing “God Bless America” because he is Latin. BTW the game was held in Citi Field in Queen’s, New York, the most ethnically diverse area of the city and probably the entire USA..
Because of these fans I’m ashamed to be a baseball fan, even though I live in another country. I always regarded baseball as being the most progressive and transparent Major League sport, where someone like Jackie Robinson could play the game decades ago while segregation was still the law in America even though he was Black, but with fans like these I’m not so sure.
Baseball fans are not the only ones who are ignorant and racist. Last month NBA fans were incensed that 11-year-old Sebastien de la Cruz, a mariachi singer, opened Game 3 of the NBA finals.This set off a barrage of insulting, racist tweets aimed at this child.
Here are some of the posts and comments which will give you an indication of why I’m so upset that baseball fans could be so ignorant and racist. There are more but I can’t be bothered to read them: