MLB teams were right to take a stand against Georgia's new voting law, holds Dave Zirin of The Nation. The law appears intended to reduce voter turnout among black Americans, reminiscent of Jim Crow. Moving the 2021 All-Star game away from the state was the right move. MLB as an institution is finally understanding that it cannot validate dangerous racism. After many statements on the issue, it is finally taking real action with meaningful consequences. It cannot seek to celebrate black athletes while ignoring the injustice their communities endure.
The MLB's political activism over Georgia's legislation is misplaced, asserts Doug Collins of Fox News. The state and its citizens have a right to maintain election safety as they wish. However, allegations that voter suppression is happening are far from proven. In fact, minority voting has soared in recent years. Grandstanding by the MLB over this issue does nothing for Georgians other than taking business out of their state. Some issues that the franchise had with Georgia's law are reflected in New York and California, yet it has taken no similar actions there.