Members of the coalition met with officials of the Atlanta Braves on Monday, because they were "Upset over the lack of African-Americans on the Braves roster":
The issue was brought to the attention of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition during the 60th anniversary celebration of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. The Braves and Houston Astros did not have any African-American players on their 25-man rosters at the time. The Braves' total grew with the promotion of left fielder Willie Harris, who is from Robinson's hometown of Cairo.So evidently Jackie Robinson only broke the color barrier for "African-Americans" and the four Braves pictured above, from left to right, Andruw Jones (Curacao), Edgar Renteria (Colombia), Rafael Soriano (Dominican Republic), and Brayan Pena (Cuba) received no benefit from Robinson. So who broke the color barrier for Latin/South American players like these guys?
Some more inane propaganda:
Countered [Southern Regional Director for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Joe] Beasley, "As I expected, [Braves general manager John Schuerholz's] idea is the bottom line: I'll put the best 40 men I can get wherever I can get them from on the field, and that's fair. But the fact of the matter is if they put resources into recruiting here in the United States, and more specifically here in Atlanta, there are talented players here."Talented players like Georgia natives Tim Hudson (Columbus), Brian McCann (Athens), Jeff Francoeur (Atlanta), Chuck James (Atlanta), Kyle Davies (Decatur), and now Willie Harris (Cairo)? That's 6 of the current 25 man roster from Georgia, and 3 from the immediate Atlanta area (Decatur is a suburb).
The article also made sure to point out that "Less than 10 percent of major league players are African-Americans." According to the Census 2000, 12.9 percent of the general population is "Black or African American." Holy cow, that's a difference of nearly 3 percent! Unless of course some of those Latin American "blacks" reported themselves as being "black" on the census. I think every team in the majors should be required to have at least 3.225 African Americans on their 25 man roster at all times (until the next census). At least Jackson and his organization are consistent - this goes right along with their public diatribes against the NFL's and NBA's overpopulation of African Americans.