White Privilege At Play:  Born On First Base (July 13, 2020)

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K          “I am not precisely sure who said it, but it has been said about Little George Bush and others.  They jump up and down on third base and proclaim they hit a triple without realizing they were born on third base.  White privilege is simple.  When you are White and particularly when you are male, you are at a minimum born on first base.” 

J          “I have noticed it on some of the birth certificates that have resulted from my deliveries.  ‘White Boy, First Base, U.S.A.’  Life is a lot easier when you are born on first base.”

K          “According to official baseball regulations, it is 90 feet between each base on a baseball field and thus 90 feet from home plate to first base.  However, according to real life rules, it is really 180 feet from home plate to first base for the ordinary person.  And if there is one major settled conclusion among baseball pundits developed statistically over the last score years, it is a shared conviction that the key to scoring points and winning a game is simply getting a player on first base.  That is how one scores and that is how one wins.” 

J          “Life is a lot easier when you are born on first base.  On a different playing field, they also say that the first million is the hardest million to get.  That goal is a lot easier to score . . . when you start out on first base.”

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[See the e-commentary at “King Seale Newton X Davis Dellums Day.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 21, 2019)”, “NFL Protests:  Celebrating And Revering A Great American Tradition (September 25, 2017)” and the other e-commentary linked there; “On Balls and Strikes and Perjury:  America’s Pastimes? (August 23, 2010)”, the bantering of ideas that are now scurrilous and heinous at “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)” and “Black Hawk Down. And Down and Down And Down (February 5, 2007)” that includes a nod to Molly Ivins who opined on Little George Bush and others.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Play ball!  (No spitting.)

Born On First Base

Not Born On First Base

Personal baseball path:  4 to 9; 4 to 9; 10

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