Baseball and blacks.
This spring, when the Washington Nationals played an exhibition baseball game against Bethune-Cookman College, the school fielded almost two dozen white and Latino players. The irony is that the Bethune-Cookman is a historically black institution. Today, just five of the 28 players on the roster are African American.
There are even fewer blacks playing for the Washington Nationals. When their season opened, the Nationals’ roster featured just two African Americans, outfielders Terrmel Sledge and J.J. Davis. Why are African-Americans deserting baseball, especially with such a rich history in the game?
Up until 1994, Rwanda was hailed as a leading “Christian nation.” Proportionate to its population, it had more evangelistic crusades – and more recorded converts – than perhaps any other African nation. Then, on April 6, 1994, Rwandan President Habyarimana and the Burundian President were killed when Habyarimana’s plane was shot down near Kigali Airport. Hutu extremists were believed to be behind the attack. The genocide began that night. Over the next 100 days, at least 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus were slaughtered at the hands of one another. Recently, the first two convictions from the genocide were handed down. An evangelical pastor and his son were convicted and sentenced for crimes of mass murder.
What went wrong?