Sports are not a sanctuary from racism. They are a reflection of society. – Chicago Tribune

The son of the first black player for the Scottish soccer club Celtic, whose writing career was forged as a one-time English professor at Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia), wrote in his 1975 rap, We Beg Your Pardon, that: “America leads the world in shocks.”

“Unfortunately,” the late spoken-word sage and musician Gil Scott-Heron continued, “America does not lead the world in deciphering the cause of shock.”

Gil Scott’s words, recorded at old D&B Sound in Silver Spring, came to mind in the aftermath of the Fenway Park incident last Monday that enveloped Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. Thirty-some people in the stands of the Red Sox home ballpark were ejected after spitting racial invectives, and hurling a bag of peanuts, in Jones’s direction.

Most of the Red Sox fans are white. Jones is black.


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