Friday, July 14

Out of Left Field - Peter Dreier & Robert Elias

The Kansas City Monarchs, of the Negro League, in 1936.
"A week after his inauguration, Donald Trump signed the first iteration of his travel ban, sparking nationwide protests. 'These refugees are fleeing civil wars, terrorism, religious persecution, and are thoroughly vetted for 2yrs,' tweeted Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle. 'A refugee ban is a bad idea. It feels un-American. And also immoral.' St Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler, whose wife emigrated from Iran, told ESPN that he opposed the executive order. In response to angry comments from fans, Fowler tweeted, 'For the record. I know this is going to sound absolutely crazy, but athletes are humans, and not properties of the team they work for.' ... Baseball’s rebels, reformers, and radicals took inspiration from the country’s dissenters and progressive movements, speaking and acting against abuses both within their profession and in the broader society: racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, war, repression, corporate domination, and worker exploitation. ..."