Woke MLB and Will Smith Hurt Minority Communities in Georgia

April 21, 2021

MLB

MLB’s Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement in response to Georgia new voting law, SB 202. The law expands early voting and makes ID a requirement for in-person and mail-in voting, and more.

According to the MLB statement, “Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft. Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”

The move will cost Georgia’s Cobb County an estimated $100 million in lost tourism revenue. On Monday, Jobs Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz joined “Fox & Friends” to discuss the economic impact that MLB’s move will have on Atlanta, adding onto the damage the pandemic has wrought on small businesses, particularly minority-owned businesses that have already been struggling. 

“[Georgia] is barely making it out of this pandemic,” Ortiz said. “And now they’re faced, under the Biden administration, with potentially higher taxes, a higher minimum wage, more red tape and regulations, and now this.” 

MLB currently requires ID to be shown at the Will Call booth to pick up tickets. 

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) took to twitter: 

Will Smith moves film production from GA

In response to the voting bill, actor Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua plan to move production of their new movie, “Emancipation” from Georgia.

“At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice,” Fuqua and Smith said in a joint statement. “We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access,” the statement added.

This economic sanction will not only affect the state government, but also the minorities employed in the film industry, vendors, and other businesses affiliated.

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler has recently come under fire for making the decision to stay in Georgia to continue production of the second installment of the Marvel Franchise. While he opposes the bill, he uses actual critical thinking in deliberating how such a move would hurt the people the industry is trying to stand up for.

In an op-ed responding to criticism, he wrote: “Having now spoken with voting rights activists in the state, I have come to understand that many of the people employed by my film, including all the local vendors and businesses we engage, are the very same people who will bear the brunt of SB202. For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia. What I will be doing is using my voice to emphasize the effects of SB202, its shameful roots in Jim Crow, and doing all I can to support organizations fighting voter suppression here in the state.”

While the narrative around SB 202 and its connection to “Jim Crow” is rooted in ideology and politics, rather than comprehensive knowledge of the bill, Ryan Coogler will, at least, not be unnecessarily affecting black businesses and employees by caving into the reactionary woke mob.

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