As the White Sox celebrated their historic championship, all-time home run king Hank Aaron attempted to throw a wet blanket of racial grievance over the festivities. Noting that only 9 percent of Major League Baseball players are African Americans, including none on the National League champion Astros, Aaron suggested that baseball authorities look into the matter.
Aaron is only to be respected for his prodigious achievement eclipsing Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record amid ugly expressions of white racism. But isn’t it time we stopped dragging out this issue?
So what if only 9 percent of Major Leaguers are African American? Isn’t that close to their percentage in the population of America? And Aaron’s quota approach for blacks ignores the fact that there are far more blacks than that in the big leagues. But apparently all those who come from Latin America don’t count. And as for the Astros, if someone could’ve gotten a key hit for them during the Series, isn’t it obvious they wouldn’t have cared whether he was white, black, red, or green?
If we’re going to start imposing race-based quotas in sports (the ultimate meritocracy), then let’s not forget basketball, where most players are black.