Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Give Me Your Tired...

If you don't know what it says on the Statue of Liberty, you should check it out. If you don't think that the new Arizona immigration law is a travesty and a mockery of all that embodies America you should have paid more attention in middle school.

There are a variety of movements against the law, many centering around boycotts inspired at least in part by the boycotts and removal of the Super Bowl from Arizona when the state refused to recognize MLK Jr Day (yes that's a slightly more complicated story but we're not getting into that here).

The Major League Baseball Players Association has come out in opposition to the law, Think Progress has the statement which includes this nugget which seems to hint at the possibility of a spring training boycott by the players...

The Major League Baseball Players Association opposes this law as written. We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly. If the current law goes into effect, the MLBPA will consider additional steps necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members.
Some players and managers are speaking out as well, saying that they'll boycott next years All-Star Game in Phoenix if the law remains in place.

The Phoenix Suns and there owner are pretty lived as well and will be wearing their Los Suns jerseys tonight in a nationally televised NBA playoff game. GM Steve Kerr says what everyone's thinking...
"It's hard to imagine in this country that we have to produce papers," Kerr said. "It rings up images of Nazi Germany. We understand that the intentions of the law are not for that to happen, but you have to be very, very careful. . . . It's important that everyone in our state and nation understands this is an issue that needs to be explored. So, we're trying to expose it."

1 comment:

  1. I've got a Boycott Arizona sign up at my desk at work which has the MLB insignia on it. I think they should, and will wind up having to, move the All-Star game. Typically it's a pretty bad idea to compare current laws or political actions to things that happened during WWII, but this is moving in that direction.