Should the Red Sox Boycott Their White House Visit?

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Mookie Betts, 2018 American League MVP, will not be joining his team at the White House

Over at The Atlantic, Jemele Hill wonders why the Red Sox players who will soon visit the White House are not supporting their black and brown teammates who refuse to go to Washington because of Trump’s racial politics.  Here is a taste:

 

So far, the conversation about the upcoming Boston Red Sox visit to Donald Trump’s White House has centered around the people of color who are skipping the event. The manager Alex Cora, a critic of the Trump administration’s inexcusable treatment of Puerto Rico amid the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017, cited his home island’s continuing troubles as his reason for opting out.

“Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting,” Cora said in a statement. “Some people still lack basic necessities, others remain without electricity and many homes and schools are in pretty bad shape almost a year and a half after Hurricane Maria struck. I’ve used my voice on many occasions so that Puerto Ricans are not forgotten, and my absence is no different. As such, at this moment, I don’t feel comfortable celebrating in the White House.”

The majority of the Hispanic and African American players on the Red Sox—including the pitcher David Price and the 2018 American League MVP, Mookie Betts—have also declined to attend. Not all have explained their reasons, but the Mexican-born relief pitcher Hector Velázquez has been honest. “I made the choice not to go because, as we know, the president has said a lot of stuff about Mexico,” he told MassLive. “And I have a lot of people in Mexico that are fans of me, that follow me. And I’m from there. So I would rather not offend anyone over there.”

And here is Hill on the Baylor University women’s basketball team’s recent visit to the White House:

Recently, Trump hosted the NCAA champion Baylor women’s-basketball team at the White House, making the Bears the first women’s championship teamTrump has held a private ceremony for since he became president. That the Baylor coach, Kim Mulkey, had publicly campaigned for an invitation to the White House helped bring about the visit. Trump has shown that he can be petulant about extending invites to championship teams if his overture won’t be warmly received. After the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship in 2017, Trump rescinded his invitation to them on Twitterbecause several players had been critical of the president, and many of them made it known that they had no interest in attending a White House reception.

When photos of Baylor’s visit circulated on social media, the internet had its fun making note of how some of the players didn’t look thrilled to be there. As of now, no one outside the team knows if Mulkey ever considered how some of her players might feel about being in the presence of someone who has insulted not just people of color, but also women—and women athletes in particular.

Read the entire piece here.

3 thoughts on “Should the Red Sox Boycott Their White House Visit?

  1. The entire Red Sox team, including the owners, should have boycotted their visit to the White House There’s the collusion, emoluments, and obstruction of justice…just to name a few. Why run elbows with the his self- serving commander in Tweet

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  2. Just try to imagine this headline appearing in the Atlantic:

    Why Don’t Black Athletes Understand What’s Wrong With Obama?

    The politicization of everything in American life continues apace. (And I understand the WH-boycott-as protest-theater has been going on for some time now.) If some Red Sox players can’t stand Trump — because if his rhetoric, his character, his policies, his penchant for non-farm to table fast food spreads — by all means, don’t attend the ceremony. If other players, maybe some who also have qualms about Trump but who respect the office, maybe others who — quelle horreur! — actually like Trump and wish to attend, they should be free to do so as well. But Jemele Hill, and many, many others like her, won’t stand for that. No, all must adopt her Left-wing identity politics and her obsessive Trump animus, or be deemed morally inexcusable. Bad teammates, even. Pluralism, tolerance, mutual respect for differing perspectives, all that’s fine and good except when it comes to Trump. Then you had best toe the anti-MAGA line.

    She writes: “Plenty of commentators have argued that these White House visits should be apolitical and devoid of drama. But under Trump’s administration, that simply isn’t possible.” Of course it’s possible. It’s just not possible for Ms. Hill, and if you disagree with her, then you might be “exhibiting privilege.” Or some form of dread –Ism.

    Wait until Hill finds out that — according to CNN’s anonymous sources of friends of people on the planning team — Trump intends to invite Curt Schilling, Mr. Bloody Sock, to be honorary master of ceremonies.

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