- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Now, I’ll get behind almost anyone in decrying the increasing lack of civility among sports fans these days. Even though he wasn’t harmed, what happened to embattled San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds Monday night was deplorable. And yet when I hear the Rev. Jesse Jackson excoriating San Diego police, I can’t help but smirk.

In raising the specter of neanderthal baseball fans threatening Hank Aaron as he closed in on Babe Ruth’s record, it sounds to me like Jackson is just a tonal shift away of turning - or trying to turn - the Bonds steroids scandal into a wider narrative of racism in sports.

If Jackson wants to make Bonds, who grew up in a wealthy San Francisco suburb and had a famous father, an emblem of white oppression of black athletes, he can go right ahead. As Bill Clinton used to say, that dog won’t hunt.


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