At this point, if you haven’t heard anything about the controversy of Georgia’s new election bill, SB 202, I will have to assume that you live in a remote cave somewhere or have decided to purge all social media and digital devices from your life.
To say the bill is causing some discontent is just about the understatement of the year.
In fact, liberals and those leaning towards virtue signaling at every turn are so disgusted with the new law that it has led to major events like the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and 2021 MLB draft to be pulled from taking place at the scheduled Truist Park stadium in Atlanta.
But that has caused a whole other stem of controversy to grow, not only because the MLB is essentially “canceling” Georgia but because of where it has suggested they move these significant events to.
CNN, among others, has recently reported that the sports league has proposed to hold both events in the Western (and much more white) state of Colorado, at Denver’s Coors Field.
Naturally, local Colorado officials are thrilled with the prospect of hosting such income-producing events.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said, “We are excited about the possibility of hosting the All-Star Game and are awaiting MLB’s decision.”
And why wouldn’t they be?
But MLB would be foolish to actually do so. Why?
Well, as it turns out, Colorado, as well as being less diverse than Georgia, not only has voter ID requirements already in place but also fewer early voting days than the southern Peach State – which is everything MLB and other left-leaning companies are complaining about.
As the conservative, African American Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina recently tweeted, the comparison between the two states is rather ironic for a company that supposedly wants to support equity and equality.
“Georgia: Voter ID, 17 days of early voting. Colorado: Voter ID, 15 days of early voting. Atlanta is 51% Black. Denver is 9.2% Black. The @MLB is moving the #MLBAllStarGAme out of ATL which has more day-of-voting rights than CO? The ‘Wokes’ are at it again, folks.”
And he’s not the only one who has noticed the irony here.
Former National Republican Senatorial Committee senior advisor Matt Whitlock similarly tweeted, “Colorado requires voter ID to vote in person – either a driver’s license, an IRS-issued ID card, a valid passport, or a valid employee card with a photo. @MLB better be ready to explain why this is more acceptable than Georgia after that absurd political statement.”
It only takes one simple look at Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s official website to verify that Colorado’s voter ID laws are no different from those that Georgia just implemented. According to her, “all voters who vote at the polls must provide identification.” And that doesn’t change just because you choose to vote via mail.
“If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when your return your mail ballot.”
And that doesn’t even begin to fully explain the differences in the diversity in each state as a whole.
While Georgia’s demography is listed as being 60.2 percent white and 32.6 percent (so practically one whole third) African American, some 86 percent of Colorado’s residents are white and only 4.6 percent black.
So basically, MLB, who says they have a problem with Georgia’s new voting laws because they supposedly suppress minority voters, is moving two of their most significant events of the season to a city with far fewer minorities and who has had those same “minority-restricting” policies in place for years now.
Plus, all the tourism and revenue that would have come to the minority-dense communities of Atlanta will be given right into the hands of a state that is nearly 90 percent white.
Anyone else noticing some problems?
While we are pointing out the hypocrisy and irony, maybe we should also note that MLB requires anyone picking up will call tickets to present a photo ID. It’s right there in black and white on their website, as Republican Representative Nancy Mace recently tweeted.