Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen Edition

This is a pretty good, though long-winded commentary on Ozzie Guillen's suggestion that Asians are treated better than Latinos in the MLB. The short version is that the author notes that it's a product of (1) class, the Japanese players are rich and can play in Japan, the Latino players have no where else to go (well, they could play in Japan but . . .) (2) the Japanese players are, on average, better because only Japanese superstars come to the states and (3) Hispanic immigrants, with support from a host of advocacy groups, are making a credible threat of turning the U.S. into a dual-language country. I don't have a big problem with that because I don't mind spending tons of time and money for no gain, but other people have a legitimate concern.

So with that said, I feel bad for singling out this statement as my quote of the day:
A year ago, in the White House "Beer Summit" among President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and James Crowley (the white policeman who arrested Gates for breaking into his own home), the roiling class animosities between the "real Cambridge" and the "Harvard Cambridge" could not be underestimated.
The arrest report said Gates was arrested for "exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior, in a public place." Reportedly he quipped "yeah, I'll speak with your mamma outside" when questioned about why he was breaking into the house.

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