They called it Jim Crow 2.0. They said it would disproportionately impact black voters. In fact, the hard-left has seemingly embarked on a nationwide campaign to convince the public that Georgia’s new voting legislation is the modern-day equivalent of poll taxes and literacy tests.
Even Major League Baseball has jumped on the propaganda train, and in a somewhat confusing display of virtue signaling, decided to push back against Jim Crow 2.0 by punishing black-owned businesses in Atlanta, Georgia. As if one needed more evidence showing how white progressives try to “help” the black community by engaging in behavior that harms it, MLB is the latest entity exploiting black trauma to preserve their revenue stream.
MLB Chooses White Business Over Black Business
Earlier this week, MLB proudly announced that it would reverse its decision to host its All-Star game in Atlanta as a result of Georgia’s Republican-controlled government instituting a series of voting measures designed to protect election integrity. Instead, the organization will hold the event in Denver, Colorado.
Well, that should show ’em who’s boss, right?
Apparently not. What MLB and the rest of the hard left seem to forget – or ignore – is that this move will deprive black-owned businesses of a much-needed boost. With about 30% of Atlanta’s small businesses being owned by African Americans, it is not difficult to see that an event like the All-Star game would have brought an enormous benefit to their companies.
According to a statement released by Holly Quinlan, president and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism, the “estimated lost economic impact” from MLB’s decision is over $100 million.
“In the initial stages of the pandemic, many Cobb [County] hotels saw single digit occupancy numbers,” Quinlan told CNN. “The 8,000-plus MLB contracted hotel room nights that will not actualize as a result of the MLB All-Star Game relocation will have a negative impact on Cobb’s hospitality industry and other local businesses, further delaying recovery.”
MLB’s decision to relocate the event – which President Joe Biden supported – comes at a time when black-owned businesses are disproportionately suffering the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Wall Street Journal last year noted a study revealing that 41% of black-owned businesses were forced to close permanently because of the pandemic.
Economist Robert Fairlie said: “This study provides the first estimates of the early-stage effects of COVID-19 on small-business owners.” He added: “The number of working business owners plummeted from 15 million in February 2020 to 11.7 million in April 2020.”
Still, at least the small business owners in Denver will benefit from the MLB’s decision, right? Indeed, to the so-called progressive mind, empty virtue signaling is far more important than black capitalism, isn’t it?
Virtue Signaling for Dollars?
The reality that MLB is refusing to support black businesses for political purposes isn’t lost on everyone. Failed gubernatorial candidate and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams recently changed her tune on the matter. After previously supporting boycotts, she finally remembered that African Americans would suffer most from such an action.
In a statement, Abrams, who was instrumental in turning Georgia blue at the federal level, pleaded with other businesses not to boycott the Peach State. “As other events, productions and businesses weigh whether to patronize Georgia, I urge those who can to come and speak out, and I urge those who are here to stay and fight, to stay and vote. We need you. Please go to stopjimcrow2.com to find out how you can join the fight for voting rights in Georgia and around the country,” she wrote.
Unfortunately, it appears that Abrams is too late. Black-owned businesses will not be getting the sorely needed economic boost that the MLB promised because the hard left prefers mindless virtue signaling to bringing real solutions to the problem. But make no mistake, MLB and the airlines that also publicly criticized the voting laws are not doing this out of a sense of altruism and social justice.
If their intentions were as pure as they would have us believe, they would have found other ways to take a stand. MLB might have moved the game to another city in which black businesses are prevalent. They would have spoken out against the law before it was passed instead of just waiting for the right opportunity to build its woke cred with the hard left. But, like most white progressives, they care nothing for the black community unless it serves them, which is their usual brand of racism.
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