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thedude wrote:The real problem is that African-American are under represented in upper management in all American Sports.
Coppermine wrote:I don't think it's a racial bias on baseball's part. I think you're missing the point. The problem is that black youth are less interested in baseball then they used to be, and that's detrimental to the sport for a variety reasons. It's arguable that there are perhaps potentially great African American baseball players who will never even pick up a bat. The reasons vary, but the common consensus seems to be economic. First of all, football and basketball are more appealing to black youth. It's presumably easier to play these sports professionally, whether this is perceived or real is debatable, but those sports are certainly less expensive to play than baseball.
Kids used to pick up a bat and play in the back yard, sand lots and parking lots. Now there are youth leagues, fees and expensive equipment to buy. This is detrimental to disadvantaged, urban youth.
To expand on my own opinion, basketball and football have more of a pervasive, urban culture to them. Those sports are predominantly black, and young black athletes are inclined to gravitate toward those sports.
I think all of these things are unfortunate, and I think MLB is doing a great thing by honoring Jackie Robinson to expose young people to the history of the game and the profound impact the sport had in desegregating years before the civil rights movement. Jackie Robinson's achievement isn't just a part of sports history; it's a part of American history.
mbuser wrote:how many cities have baseball diamonds in them? i think it speaks to the fact that not all kids in all places have real access to all sports, which is a problem regardless of what color the kids are
Coppermine wrote: The problem is that black youth are less interested in baseball then they used to be, and that's detrimental to the sport for a variety reasons.
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