-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Being a lifetime New Yorker means I took notice when the Red Sox came to town this week. Tens of thousands jammed Yankee Stadium...each pretending the House That Ruth Built does not stand on land stolen from a nearly exterminated indigenous population.
Yankee announcer Ken Singleton is an African-American...but we all opted to ignore the slave trade that brought Africans to North America. In order to better enjoy the sports spectacle, it's not recommended that viewers contemplate a nation built upon a foundation of slavery.
Toyota is one of many "official sponsors" of the New York Yankees so it should come as no surprise that the broadcast featured more than a few car pitches...but, of course, no mention of the car culture. After all, how can one enjoy our national pastime if forced to consider that the surreptitious cost of the automobile lifestyle is nearly $500 billion a year in the U.S. alone...much of that going support the waging of perpetual war to keep the world safe for petroleum?
The presence of David Ortiz from the Dominican Republic could've spurred a discussion of U.S. complicity in the overthrow of Juan Bosch...but it didn't.
When Bernie Williams came to the plate, our minds were not cluttered with thoughts of his native Puerto Rico as the world's oldest colony.
Mike Mussina struck out the side and a kid in the stands pulled out his cell phone to tell a friend all about it. His conversation contained no mention of columbite-tantalite (a.k.a. "coltan"). Global demand for this common cell phone component is fueling war and environmental destruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Who knew?
Panamanian Mariano Rivera warmed up in the Yankee bullpen. Not a whisper was heard about the illegal 1989 American invasion of his homeland or the malevolent machinations behind the building the Panama Canal more than a century ago.
It takes an awful lot of denial just to exist in a society like ours. Look around: Those folks over there, yeah, the ones chowing down on stadium franks...they're not thinking about factory farming, Their minds don't seem distracted by the fact that the EPA considers 30 percent of all insecticides, 60 percent of all herbicides, and 90 percent of all fungicides to be carcinogenic, yet Americans spend about $7 billion on 21,000 different pesticide products each year.
That guy parked next to you in his SUV isn't pondering the reality that the top one percent of Americans own wealth equal to the bottom 95 percent. That woman buying a Derek Jeter jersey doesn't appear bothered by the 1200 citizens incarcerated each week or the 4000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each day or the 19 insect species becoming extinct each hour.
The Yankees pull off a double play...but 52 of the top 100 economies are the planet aren't countries, they're corporations.
Watch out...Jorge Posada is hit by a pitch. This provokes a far more dramatic response than polar bears having to swim up to 60 miles for food and subsequently drowning...due to climate change melting the Arctic ice shelf.
A-Rod steals a base...and not a soul seems worried about 100,000 Americans losing their health insurance each month.