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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Two items on Wednesday morning...

Blacks should 'get over' slavery: lawmaker

From today's Sun-Times, A Virgnia Delegate Frank D. Hargrove, 79 gave an interview and was quoted for saying a couple of things...

In an interview published Tuesday in the Daily Progress of Charlottesville,
Hargrove said slavery ended nearly 140 years ago with the Civil War and added that ''our black citizens should get over it.''

The newspaper also quoted him as saying, ''are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?''

Black lawmakers swiftly denounced Hargrove's comments.

''When somebody tells me I should just get over slavery, I can only express my emotion by projecting that I am appalled, absolutely appalled,'' said Delegate Dwight C. Jones, head of the Legislative Black Caucus.
Hmmm, here's more and his comments didn't just upset Virginia's legislative black caucus but other colleagues as well...

Delegate David L. Englin also criticized Hargrove's remarks, recalling that his grandparents were driven from their homes in Poland ''by people who believed that as Jews, we killed Christ.''

When Hargrove rose to speak, he told Englin he didn't care about Englin's religion.

''I think your skin was a little too thin,'' Hargrove said
as lawmakers gasped and groaned.

Fired Sox ball girl claims discrimination

This is an interesting story and unfortunately I don't see a case here. I thinks it's stupid to assume that only because girls are on the field that people will still run onto the field. They'd do it whether there were some young boys on the field or not. Some fans wouldn't care if they ran onto the field with armed guards or not. But let me just could some things from the article in today's Sun-Times...

For seven years, Amy Wilkes says she served as a loyal White Sox ball girl.
But in 2003, she and the team's other ball girls were all fired because the White Sox thought that rowdy fans were more likely to charge onto the field when girls were present, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Wilkes claims in the suit, filed against the White Sox in federal court, that it was pure discrimination.
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Wilkes said she was fired on April 15, 2003 -- the same day spectator Eric Dybas stormed onto the field during a game between the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals.

Wilkes says Sox General Manager Ken Williams told her that "recent well-publicized incidents involving unruly fans entering the field was the reason for the termination."
But Wilkes argues in the lawsuit that being a ball girl has nothing to do with security or stopping fans from running onto the field.

In an April 27, 2003, story, a Major League Baseball official told the Sun-Times that the ball girls were replaced with security personnel in the interest of maximizing protection for the players and the umpires.

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