Tuesday, July 8, 2003
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Can Dusty Baker take the heat?
Dusty Baker -- the current manager of the Chicago Cubs -- was quoted making the following observation this past Saturday:
Now there's a minor furor over the issue, as this USA Today story recounts. Some key grafs:
Now, the problem I have with this is that Baker is not saying things only about blacks. He's making a comparative statement about different races -- blacks and Latinos are better at tolerating the heat than whites. There is no difference between the content of what Baker said and the content of what CBS Sports analyst Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder said fifteen years ago when he argued that blacks were better athletes because of the way they were bred as slaves. Snyder recanted; Baker is standing firm.
Should Baker apologize for making such uninformed and stereotypical remarks? Yes, he should.
UPDATE: Two e-mails worthy of note. The first from reader J.G.:
The second from reader J.B.:
posted by Dan on 07.08.03 at 05:38 PM