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Well done, Corporate America

It would, we think, be nigh on impossible for the forces of woke capital to have screwed themselves over any more than they did over the past several days.  The sheer idiocy of the “do something! NOW!” crowd is a wonder to behold.  When all of this began to rise in the news cycle last week, we kinda sorta expected that it would be a hot issue for about five minutes and then, like most other manufactured public outrages, cool faster than the lava from Kilauea splashing into the Pacific.

Today, we’re hoping that we were wrong.  We’d hate to see this one get away before we can take in the depth and the breadth of the self-destructive, arrogant overreach at play here.  And, to tell the truth, we’d hate for it to get away before much of the public can take it in it as well. 

In the name of racial equity and fairness, Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game from one state that requires a photo ID to vote in-person to another state that requires a photo ID to vote in person; from one state that requires a photo ID to vote by mail (no excuse mail-in voting) to a state that requires signature matches on mail-in ballots (also, no-excuse mail-in voting); from one state that forbids the dispersal of food or drinks within 100 ft. of a polling place to one that forbids the dispersal of food or drink within 100 ft. of a polling place, IF one happens to be wearing candidate apparel.

More to the point, MLB just moved its All-Star Game from a city that is 52% black, that has black business ownership of 30%, and is rated the #5 city in the country (out of 124) for black-owned businesses to a city that is about 8% black, that has 3.5% black business ownership and that is 106th out of 124 cities for black-owned businesses.

On average, the Major League All-Star game generates an “economic impact” on its host city of somewhere between $70 and $100 million.  Most of that “impact” is felt by local businesses, which benefit from the influx of visitors over five days.

In short, then, MLB told a majority-black city and its 30% black-owned businesses that they are less worthy of up to $100 million than a city that is home to more than five times as many whites as blacks.  Because racial equity.

Additionally – and hilariously – before last week, no one in the history of ever had given any thought whatsoever to major League baseball’s ties to the People’s Republic of China.  But now that weekend voting has been EXPANDED in Georgia, causing the fine folks at MLB to retire to their fainting couches, everyone is either aware or will soon be aware that the Major Leagues are participants in the great woke-American pastime, i.e. sucking up to Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party.  Zachary Evans, writing at National Review Online, noted the following, just the other day:

Major League Baseball has expanded its contract with Chinese firm Tencent, the streaming service that briefly blocked National Basketball Association games amid a row over Hong Kong.

The deal with Tencent gives the firm rights to continue streaming MLB games in China until 2023. Additionally, the contract will allow Tencent to broadcast MLB games in other Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, through its international service WeTV.

News of the contract was revealed on Thursday, one day before MLB announced it will move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Ga., in protest of the state’s new voting law.

Tencent is one of China’s largest tech companies, operating a streaming service as well as the WeChat app that can be used for messaging, video conferencing, and shopping. The company also contracts with the NBA to stream games in China, where almost 500 million fans used Tencent to watch games in 2018 alone.

However, in 2019 Tencent blocked streaming of all games played by the Houston Rockets after then-general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

My goodness, MLB, give yourself a hand.  “Job well done,” hardly seems to capture the self-immolation you’ve managed here.

Of course, MLB is not alone in embracing self-destruction in this case.  This afternoon, pollster Scott Rasmussen will be releasing the results of polling done over the weekend.  His data show that strong majorities of ALL respondents, of men, of women, of all age groups, of whites, of blacks, of Hispanics, of Republicans, of Democrats, of college graduates, of non-college graduates, of rural residents, of urban residents, and of all income categories think that businesses “should avoid taking positions” on political issues.  Of all categories, in only one – those voters who identify as “very liberal” – was a majority not opposed to businesses getting involved in politics.  And even in that category, a plurality (48% against vs. 43% for) of respondents wanted businesses to back off.

Moreover, a majority of respondents said that they are likely to STOP using a company’s products if it gets involved in politics (31% very likely + 33% somewhat likely).  And again, this majority extends through almost all demographic categories.

Finally, Rasmussen’s data show that very strong majorities – again, across all demographic categories – believe that corporations taking political positions ADDS TO the divisiveness in the country and think that large corporations ignore the views of the nation’s “working class.” 

Coca-Cola, Delta, and more than 200 other major-brand companies have declared their opposition both to the democratically enacted law in Georgia and to the views of the majority of Americans.  And the election integrity bills are just getting started.  Texas (among others) is currently debating such a bill, and it has already caused significant consternation among some of the major businesses headquartered in the state.  This suggests that it’s going to be a long, hot, painfully annoying summer for most Americans, who have no desire to be spoonfed politics with their breakfast cereal…or their sodiepop…or their airline…or whatever.

The greatest risk to “woke capital” is and always has been that the American people would resist corporate politics, even as the corporate politicians were unable to control their Gnostic urge to save the same poor, stupid people from themselves.  The era of woke capital is only just beginning, but we are pleased to see that, in many ways, it’s off to an incredibly inauspicious start for the woke capitalists.

This was a stupid fight for the leaders of corporate America to pick, largely because it relies so heavily on readily disprovable hyperbole.  Let’s hope that they fight to the bitter end, exposing their self-serving, self-righteous pose for as long and as prominently as possible.

Good job, everyone.


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