How a TV writer helped shame MLB into taking back a political donation – For The Win


We should agree that we are living in strange, at very best, times. For instance there is a Republican senator in Mississippi, currently campaigning for Tuesday’s runoff, who has gleefully discussed wanting to be in the front row for a public hanging (she claims she was joking). And who seems to believe that symbols of the Confederacy — which you’ll recall was an effort to leave the United States because the country had dared to try to end slavery — represent “Mississippi history at its best!”

So surely this Cindy Hyde-Smith person is not taken seriously by serious people, right? People living in the real, existing, multi-cultural, made-stronger-by-diversity America can’t be possibly be OK with this, right?


So. Yeah. Major League Baseball, an organization headquartered in New York City that oversees a league made up of players from across the world — and, through its long history, every corner of the United States — somehow saw fit to financially support Cindy Hyde-Smith. A league that annually celebrates Jackie Robinson’s courageous fight to integrate baseball — and of course sells merchandise commemorating that effort — decided Cindy Hyde-Smith deserved $5,000.

Worst of all, it did so after her comment on the hanging. A comment that caused Walmart, among others, to ask for a refund of its donation to her.

And now, after much public uproar, MLB is seeking a return of its money.

Much of that uproar came from the above referenced Twitter account, which you probably know belongs to Michael Schur, who you probably know as the creator of The Good Place (and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation and as a writer on The Office and Saturday Night Live.)


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