It is high, it is far, it is….a Black Lives Matter sign?
As much of a Phillies fan as I am, shout out to the Yankees the nationals for taking a knee and putting black lives matter patches on their jerseys this is also on the pitchers mound so that’s fantastic! ? ⚾️ #blacklivesmatter #BlackLivesStillMatter pic.twitter.com/AVSUX7OvUH
— Serena mysoon (@serenabeartooth) July 24, 2020
Just when you thought you could zone out for a few hours, watch a baseball game and not be reminded that major cities across the country are being destroyed by anti-police protesters, baseball teams announced that they are taking the message to the mound.
Here’s the pitch: The Washington Nationals, the 2019 world champions, announced in a press release Thursday that they stand with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and to express their support in the fight “against systemic racism and injustice,” a “Black Lives Matter | MLB stencil will appear on the pitcher’s mound during Opening Weekend games.”
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The move is in conjunction with the league. NBC Sports reported that “there’s a chance that Washington and its players could put together other gestures prior to the game, including kneeling for the national anthem.”
Not to be out-woke, the Boston Red Sox put up a massive sign that says “Black Lives Matter” outside its stadium for all to see on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
“I am so grateful to my teammates who consistently remind me that the Red Sox have an obligation to amplify the voices of those who share our values, but do not share our platform. Silence in the face of injustice is unacceptable,” Sam Kennedy, the president and CEO of the team said in a statement. He did not say what should happen to those who simply “stay silent.”
The BLM movement has its critics, to be sure. Lt. Col. Allen West took the Black Lives Matter and its corporate mega-donors to task earlier this month on the “Todd Starnes Show” and said the movement cares little about the issues affecting the black community and is only focused on “advancing the ideological agenda of the progressive, socialist left.”
Sports franchises and corporations have supported the movement. The former Washington Redskins were forced to change its name out of panic due to the movement and came up with what might be the most politically correct name in history. (Try not to laugh.)
Andrew Sullivan, the former canceled writer at New York, recently wrote about the corporate rush “to adopt every plank of this ideology and display its allegiance publicly. If you do this, and do it emphatically, you can display your virtue to your customers and clients, and you might even be left alone.”