Same Ole Game In DC

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Updated: May 4, 2006

SAME OLE GAME IN DC ” FAMILY VALUES WIN ”

( YES THEY ARE CODE WORDS )

EVEN DC MAYOR WILLIAMS IS UPSET IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT

” I BELIEVE IN RICH WHITE FAMILY VALUES ”

It sure was Fun

building Washington DC

back in the early 1800s

ALL that FREE Black Labor

T. Jefferson and His Good Ole Boys

were just Giddy with Delight

over their Good Fortune

they liked to say

” Only in America ”

( even if it was widespread )

There were others cases for sure but Jefferson and the Land Barons who owned the Swamp that would become America’s capital were especially Blessed by all those Africans who decided to work for nothing to begin building one of the finest national capitals ever conceived. Image if they had asked for something in return. Even Jefferson and the Boys did not have enough Dough to pay thousands of African men, women and children.

” Thank God for Slaves ”

Jefferson frequently intoned

( but it may only be an urban legend )

All of which Logically, that’s right it’s pure logic here in the Box, brings us to today, this very day and the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. The Great One of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has finally made his decision who will be allowed to buy the DC Franchise.

For $450 Million.

Yes

Commissioner Bud Selig decided

on Family Values

He chose a “well established” very rich DC family The Lerners because as Bud explained he believes that Major League Baseball runs best when good solid family units own teams. And every other issue become very secondary to that Theme.

What issues ?

Number One is the fact there have never been and aren’t now any African American owned teams. Supposedly Baseball wanted to at least make some “progress” in that direction NO not by having a Black owner but selecting an ownership group which “clearly” and “sincerely” had some prominent African Americans as Minority Partners.

The problem was

The Lerners had recruited

NONE

Not only did they have none even in the face of the groundswell of interest in including Black business people in the ownership groups vying to win the franchise. Over the long drawn out process that seemed it would never End while the other Bidders made sure to have visible African Americans on their ownership “teams” the Lerners resolutely refused to recruit ANY African Americans for their proposed ownership group. Call them The Family. Impenetrable.

Which created a temporary problem for Bud and the delay for Selig while he gave Theodore Lerner time to FINALLY scurry around and buy SORRY we mean find a few credible African Americans he could claim would be “owners” as part of the Lerners’ ownership group.

Of course he found a few who were willing to give Lerner and his son and Bud Selig the cover they needed by being allowed to toil in the Big House. In this case the Washington DC ball park and sit in the “:owners box.” Occasionally.

With that Problem solved

Bud Selig was able to go ahead Wednesday and do what he wanted to do a few months ago and name Lerner the new DC Franchise owner. Claiming the Lerner Family was best for Baseball because they would run the team as a closely knit family group which Selig says he believes is most important of all.

Which begs the question what is the role of these African Americans “outsiders” The Lerners ignored for the last 2 years, only brought onboard under Duress, who they don’t know from a hole in the wall going to bring to The Lerner Family.

Answer

NOTHING but

Window Dressing

What Selig was looking for

All the Time

Same Ole Same Ole

even if you were born yesterday

and live to be 100

don’t expect to see

African Americans

owning an MLB Franchise

in your Lifetime

not enough

” family values ”

meaning

Rich & White Families

the Best Kind in America

and Major League Baseball

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“GOOD OLE DAYS” IN WASHINGTON MADE NEW AGAIN BY BUD SELIG