Republican’s not coming slow pulling cards from their sleeves to create trouble for the Biden administration. Georgia voting right bill is one of them, dividing who can and can not vote. Dividing the American people based upon their forefather’s background. While many Republicans, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, said the state’s legislation will help ensure election integrity, civil rights advocates say it disenfranchises voters of colour. Three groups have already filed lawsuits, alleging that certain parts of the law are discriminatory and unconstitutional and arguing that many of the changes disproportionately harm Black voters, as Georgia Public Broadcasting reported.
Dozens of companies have joined in that criticism in recent days, including several that have been facing possible boycotts by voting rights advocates for not speaking up more forcefully ahead of the bill’s passage. Those include Delta Air Lines and the Coca-Cola Co., both headquartered in Atlanta. Officials from those companies said they had worked with elected officials from both parties to provide feedback during the legislative process and voice their opposition to measures that would restrict voting access and said they would keep pushing to protect the right to vote locally and nationally.
In addition to corporate Major League Baseball – All-Star is the latest addition in the list of corporate opposing the bill. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred decided to move the All-Star events and the amateur draft from Atlanta after discussions with individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd last year, the commissioner said in a statement. A new ballpark for the events wasn’t immediately revealed.
Manfred said he also spoke with the Major League Baseball Players Association, which at the time of the commissioner’s decision said it had still not taken a stance.
“I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB draft,” Manfred said. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
The White House said President Joe Biden supports the decision.
“The President has made his concerns about the bill passed in Georgia clear, given its extreme provisions that impact the ability of so many citizens to cast their votes,” the White House said. “He said earlier this week that if the decision was made by Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game, he would certainly support that decision and now that MLB has made that choice, he certainly does.”
In a statement, Trump blasted the move and urged his supporters to “boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections.”