The Sun’s se­lec­tive mem­ory on race

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Glenn Cun­ning­ham, Not­ting­ham

Per­haps The Sun should re­flect on its re­cent ed­i­to­rial re­gard­ing the im­pact of race on base­ball and po­lit­i­cal dis­course (“Adam Jones and the real ‘white man’s game,’” Sept. 13). The Sun laments that the num­ber of blacks in Con­gress of about 8 per­cent is at an all-time high.

Yet in 2006, I don’t re­call The Sun en­dors­ing Kweisi Mfume in the Demo­cratic Se­nate pri­mary or Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Michael Steele in the gen­eral election. Strange be­cause both can­di­dates are black. Ob­vi­ously, The Sun rea­soned that 0 per­cent was a suf­fi­cient num­ber of black sen­a­tors at the time. Also, as I re­call dur­ing the gen­eral election cam­paign, a black con­gress­man and then Illi­nois Se­na­tor Barack Obama cam­paigned in Mary­land for Ben Cardin for U.S. Se­nate with the mantra, “Party trumps race.” Again, I don’t re­call The Sun tak­ing is­sue with them. How soon we for­get.

Are mi­nori­ties be­ing de­nied in­clu­sion into the main­stream of base­ball? Bal­ti­more’s school sys­tem should sur­vey all mi­nor­ity chil­dren and find out why they don’t play base­ball. Maybe they just pre­fer play­ing bas­ket­ball and foot­ball to base­ball. There are white chil­dren who pre­fer soccer and lacrosse to base­ball. Doubt­ful there’s a racial is­sue in­volved with them.

The me­dia prefers to rea­son that any is­sue in­volv­ing mi­nori­ties is racism.

The Sun should pro­vide a break­down of its em­ploy­ees’ race by job cat­e­gory in­clud­ing the ed­i­to­rial board so its read­ers can judge The Sun’s racial makeup.

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