Hats off to the sports world!
After Arizona enacted its outright racist, unconstitutional anti-immigrant legislation, a lot of politicians suddenly got cold feets.
Yes, President Obama denounced it. So did most Democrats.
While most Republicans ran for the hills. Marco Rubio first condemned the law, then did a total 180 and expressed his support. Sarah Palin endorsed Arizona’s call for racial profiling. And so did her running mate, John McCain – even though, just four years ago, he led Republican efforts for comprehensive immigration reform.
But, while politicians wobbled, professional athletes – who value the contributions of their brown brothers – stood proud and strong.
Major league baseball teams, made up of 40 percent Latino players, have come out against the new law – and urged league officials to move the 2011 All Star Game, now scheduled for the Diamondbacks stadium in Phoenix, to another state.
And the Phoenix Suns – with full permission from the NBA and the San Antonio Spurs – played their Cinco de Mayo game this week, in Phoenix, with jerseys reading “Los Suns” – in protest against Arizona’s new anti-immigration law.
And that, in the end, is the most powerful statement of all: not politicians talking, but just all-around, apolitical, professional athletes telling the world – that racial profiling anywhere, anytime – is wrong.
That’s my parting shot for today.