Dusty Baker, the manager of the Chicago Cubs major league baseball teams thinks black athletes (and darked skinned hispanics) play ball better in the heat, because they can take the heat better. Sports commentator Phil Arvia thinks this is Baker’s basis for an initiative to higher more black players. Mike Nadel, like most ‘non-minority’ sports writers, thinks Baker is completely racists, and would not hold the position as manager were he not “African American.” Baker’s remarks were the subject of a Hannity & Colmes, and Hannity was particularly outraged by Baker’s attitude and statements.
It was a typical scenario. A memeber of a race is allowed to say whatever he wants about his own race, but if an outsider says something negative about that race, then that is racism. We’re all familiar with that well-established legal duplicity and ethical double standard. Blacks established that, with the help of white attorneys.
But, what about the facts? Are there physical characteristics, other than appearance, which characterize different races? J. Phillipe Rushton, the Canadian psychologist professor certainly thinks so. In his book, Race, Evolution, and Behavior (2000), he claims that Negroes definitely have superior physical abilites. Nine hours after birth, a Negro baby can hold its head straight, an ability not manifest in white babies until after six weeks.
But what about heat? What about endurance of a certain climate? Any special talents there? It would be hard to document on short notice, but it is a fact that some 58,000 Mexicans migrated to the midwest between WWI and the Depression, all looking for work. Mexicans indeed showed the ability to endure heat–the heat of the great foundries–more than Negroes. The Negroes often passed out from the heat. The Mexicans lasted longer in the heat. This is word of mouth testimoney of old folks I personally know from Ohio.
As a matter of fact, Mexicans, particularly those in America now, represent probably the hardest working people here. They are a tremdous work force, and the cheapest available. Big business cannot resist. Thus, we have our immigration problem. I say don’t blame the Mexicans. Blame business, lawyers, and politicians. Especially the white ones.
I don’t know if Negroes endure heat better than Caucasians. I strongly suspect that isn’t true. And I don’t equate slavery with hard work, just ownership, and even that’s often just another name for a steady job. Negroes weren’t brought here for quality labor, just cheap labor. Those were entirely different circumstances in those days. Dusty Baker’s not being accurate on that point. Negro athletes are just naturally inclined and talented. Heat has nothing to do with it.
“Positive” racism, in this case, might prove to be “negative” toward non-Negro athletes. Of course, if a white player and a Negro player compete for left field, and both have the same player stats, Baker could say, “Well, the black player will do better in the heat,” and thus make a hiring decision based on race, and not even on the athlete’s player stats. You mean the white guy never played in summer heat before? If he’s from “hot summers” Chicago, how could have the same stats as the black guy who’s from San Francisco?
Baker’s racist on this one, for blacks, against whites. Not a good thing. But he won’t be reprimanded in the slightest. Racism is committable only by whites against non-whites. Negroes can’t possibly be racist.