[guest post by Dana]
As you know, MLB made the decision to move pull the All-Star game out of Atlanta after Gov. Kemp signed the new voter law, which President Biden has mischaracterized as “Jim Crow 2”. Now it appears that Colorado’s Coors Field will host the game:
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game is coming to Colorado, a league source confirmed Monday night.
Just days after Major League Baseball decided to move the game out of Atlanta, the source says MLB is expected to officially announce Tuesday morning that the July 13 game will be moved to Denver’s Coors Field.
“We are excited about the possibility of hosting the All-Star Game and are awaiting MLB’s decision,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement released to The Denver Post on Monday night.
Gov. Jared Polis echoed Hancock’s hopeful statements when contacted by The Post.
“Like so many Coloradans, I’m excited and hopeful that Major League Baseball makes the best decision and formally chooses to play the 2021 All-Star Game in Denver,” Polis said in a statement. “It would be good for baseball and good for Colorado.”
Atlanta, Georgia, is 51% black and 40.9% white, U.S. Census data from 2019 showed.
Denver was 80.9% white and 9.8% black in 2019, according to U.S. Census data.
Numerous sources reported that the MLB’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star game could cost black-owned businesses. Nearly 30% of businesses in Atlanta are black-owned, and Georgia will face an estimated lost economic impact of more than $100 million due to the MLB’s boycott of Atlanta, according to the president and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism Holly Quinlan.
As a reminder, political activist Stacy Abrams and Sen. Jon Osshoff warned that a boycott of Georgia would kill jobs and ultimately end up hurting mostly the poor and people of color:
“I absolutely oppose and reject any notion of boycotting Georgia,” said Ossoff.
“Don’t boycott corporations over voting rights yet,” Abrams said in an op-ed.
In a pre-emptive strike, Mitch McConnell has “warned” CEOs not to get involved in the Georgia voter law debate:
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at corporate America on Monday, warning CEOs to stay out of the debate over a new voting law in Georgia that has been criticized as restricting votes among minorities and the poor.
In a sign of a growing rift in the decades-old alliance between the conservative party and U.S. corporations, McConnell said: “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights.”
McConnell warned companies there could be risks for turning on the party, but he did not elaborate.
“Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order,” McConnell told a news conference in his home state of Kentucky…
Coca-Cola Co. Chief Executive James Quincey called the law “unacceptable” and a “step backwards.” Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said: “The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 election.”
Independent reviews have repeatedly shown that voter fraud is rare in the United States, and state and federal probes found no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election which the Republican Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
Corporate America has long thrown its political muscle behind Republican candidates and officeholders, often funneling more campaign contributions to conservative candidates than Democratic ones.
You can read a comparison of Georgia’s new voting laws and Colorado’s voting laws here.
UPDATE: Five days ago, President Biden on pulling the All-Star game out of Atlanta:
President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he would “strongly support” moving the MLB All-Star game out of Georgia, citing the state’s controversial new voting law that includes a provision banning volunteers from delivering food or drinks to voters in line.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden said to ESPN’s Sage Steele during an interview. “I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders.”
Biden was critical of the divisive Georgia voting law…“Look at what’s happened across the board. The very people who are victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it’s just not right,” Biden said. “This is Jim Crow on steroids, what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states.”
Today, when asked about moving the Masters Golf Tournament out of Georgia, it was a different story:
WOW — major flip on moving sporting events out of Georgia.
While he “strongly encouraged” MLB to move the All Star game, he’s changed his tone when asked about the Masters. Notes that it will hurt the people who need the most help.
A week too late, Joe.pic.twitter.com/etJvUL4rYB
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 6, 2021
“I think that’s up the Masters…I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation, or a group, to make.”
Democrats need to decide on their messaging and stick to it. While they seem lockstep in identifying the new Georgia voting law as the “new Jim Crow,” pulling any perennially popular sporting event out of Georgia is either economically harmful to its residents or it isn’t. You don’t get to flip-flop within the span of a few days just because we’re talking about a different event and expect to be taken seriously. Also, if you believe that these so-called “new Jim Crow laws” are unacceptable in Atlanta where the All-Star Game was going to be held, then certainly they are just as unacceptable in Augusta, where the Masters Tournament is due to be held next week.