Major League Baseball became the latest corporation to engage in selective outrage, punishing Americans in Georgia while continuing business-as-usual with China, despite its evident human rights abuses.
MLB announced it was pulling its All-Star Game and MLB Draft out of Atlanta as retribution for Georgia’s new voter law, claiming that it hurts black voters. These events will be held in Denver. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the first black U.S. senator elected in the post-reconstruction South, took to Twitter to note some inconvenient truths:
“Georgia: Voter ID, 17 days of early voting,” he wrote. “Colorado: Voter ID, 15 days of early voting.
Atlanta is 51% Black.
Denver is 9.2% Black.
The Wokes are at it again, folks.”
MLB’s move is expected to cost the state over $100 million—a painful cut. Charles Payne of Fox Business Network opined on Twitter:
“We just watched the White House force MLB to move the all-star game out of Atlanta taking at least $50,000,000 out of the pockets Black businesses and workers.
What part of this issue is Jim Crow?”
Meanwhile, the Global Times, a Chinese state media propaganda outlet, crowed this week, “Major League Baseball (MLB) will continue to be aired on China’s online streaming platform Tencent Video, it was announced Wednesday, despite the diplomatic spat between the two countries.
Tencent Video will offer viewers MLB spring training, the regular season, the All-Star Game and playoffs.
At least one live MLB game per game day will be featured, the MLB said in a statement with Tencent, with at least 200 live game broadcasts and on-demand offerings available throughout the season.”
It seems MLB can look the other way when it comes to the human rights abuses against the Uyghurs, along with suppression of the people of Hong Kong (contrary to its signed agreement), apparent organ harvesting, heavy state surveillance of people, and many other problems.
President Biden—who said he supported MLB’s move out of Atlanta—is reportedly now considering boycotting the Beijing Olympics due to pressure from conservatives who have been accusing the Biden White House of a double standard. If this happens, chalk one up to successful activism on the Right.
Yet a warning to MLB remains: consumers are starting to realize the hypocrisy of corporate America’s posturing.