I took a couple of friends to Sloan Park yesterday to watch the Cubs tie the Brewers in a pre-season game. It was a lovely day of baseball, both on the field and on the Doppler radar. We got to sit closer to the field than we ever did in Chicago! Whaddaya know, professional baseball players are really quite beautiful up close.
I was temporarily ripped out of our "national pastime" as the legendary Wayne Bessmer sang the National Anthem. After reading a CNN article yesterday morning about how Trump wants to “dismember” the government, the lyrics felt more delicate than ever: o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
I have great love for the land of the free, and I question how someone can claim to love it while creating a plan to “dismember” it. That posturing either reveals a) ignorance about the complexity of our nation, or b) a vendetta.
Mesa, Arizona is very white. Yesterday, Sloan Park was very, very, very, very, very white. The only people of color in the ball park were wearing (many) baseball uniforms. I know this because after the National Anthem I looked around for people of color all day in the ballpark. I saw two - both men.
And there's nothing wrong with that.
But that all-white crowd cheering wildly for so, so many men of color playing pro baseball in a pro-Trump county was, for me, an uncomfortable irony. It all felt a little too 'Roman Coliseum'...
I’m just so desperate for genuine “pro-life” values in this country. In God’s eyes, those gifted athletes are the same divine brilliance as every family member struggling to stay afloat in severely impoverished urban neighborhoods.
Those beautiful, diverse big leaguers have in them the same essence of God as those parents living an unimaginable nightmare - without their kids - in inhumane detention centers across the country right now all because America has chosen to teach them a hard lesson about what some believe are this countries’ values - no mercy.
Yet ironically, the methods being used for those deportations betray the very values they claim to defend.
The Truth is we are all fundamentally the same, regardless of race or skin color, and I believe in my heart that the soul of America already understands that. The tragedy is that her leaders don’t.
That's my piece, and that's my peace. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my silly words. It truly means the world to me. Carry on...