Last Friday, the Major League Baseball withdrew from the Atlanta suburbs of the Summer All-Star Game. This was the first major condemnation of Georgia’s new Republican-backed election law, which specifically restricted the city’s urban areas. Voting rights.
The decision of baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was made after several days of pressure from civil rights organizations and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MAB). This action may put more pressure on other major organizations and companies, asking them to consider withdrawing their operations from Georgia. Although the state strongly opposes the new voting law, Republicans and Democrats in the state oppose this move. .
Earlier this week, President Biden made higher and higher demands for the repositioning of the game, as he and the civil rights organization expected the new voting law to have a huge impact on people of color. Georgia law imposes stricter identification requirements on absentee ballots, restricts the use of drop boxes, and expands the legislature’s powers over elections.
Mr. Manfred said in a statement that after talking to teams, players, former stars and players’ union officials, he concluded, “The best way to prove our values as a sport is Relocate this year’s All-Star Game and Major League Baseball Draft.”
Baseball said it is finalizing the details of new locations for this year’s All-Star Game and draft. The league faces a disturbing prospect. The upcoming April 15th annual celebration of Jackie Robinson (Jackie Robinson) as the first modern black player in the major leagues, and All-Star Week tribute to the former Atlanta Warriors The great Henry Aaron (Henry Aaron), and the state’s voting laws are widely known to target black voters imminent.
The Georgia Democrats did not call for a boycott of the game, but they are putting pressure on Major League Baseball and other Georgia companies to oppose the state’s new voting law.
The nominal leader of the state Democrats, Stacey Abrams, said on Friday that she was “disappointed” with baseball’s withdrawal from the All-Star Game, but expressed “feelings about their position on voting rights. proud”. Senator Jon Ossoff, who was elected by the Democratic Party in January’s runoff election, said on Thursday that there should be no boycott by Georgian or Georgian companies, but companies are upset that the law should “stop any financial support for Georgia’s Republican Party.”
Many Democratic members of the state legislature similarly opposed the Georgia boycott. Democratic Senator Jen Jordan from outside Atlanta wrote on Twitter last week: “Stop this resistance to nonsense.” “I would rather people and companies use their economic power to make changes in this state, while It’s not that I won’t come at all.”
At least one Georgia Democrat representing Teri Anulewicz, whose Cobb County district includes the Braves Stadium, is disappointed that no more games will be held.
Republicans in Georgia mocked the possibility of boycotts. After Coca-Cola opposed the law, the Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston told reporters that he drank Pepsi in Pepsi.
Biden said in a TV interview with ESPN before the opening day of Major League Baseball on Thursday that he would “resolutely support” moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta. He called Georgia’s laws and similarly restrictive voting bills, and the Republican Party is promoting “Jim Crow Steroids” in almost every state.
Although the National Basketball Association is often at the forefront of the promotion of progressive politics-after North Carolina Republicans issued a “bathroom ban” on transgender people, it moved its All-Star game from Charlotte, but Baseball rarely makes such an important political statement to move its midsummer classics out of Georgia.
Baseball Commissioner Manfred hinted in an interview with the Associated Press earlier this week that he has been strongly considering mobile games, but declined to make any firm promises.
Manfred said at the time: “I am communicating with various supporters in the game, and in terms of what I consider or don’t consider, I just go beyond that.”
Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said the union is willing to discuss plans to cancel the game. The game is scheduled for July 13th. Located in Truist Park on the outskirts of Cobb County, home of the Atlanta Braves.
James Wagner, Kevin Draper with Joe Drap Contribution report.