With protests turning into riots, several fires, looting, violence, and police officers clashing against teenagers, the Baltimore Orioles decided to close Wednesday's game to the public. For the first time in Major League Baseball history, a game was played in front of an empty stadium.
On Tuesday, the team released a statement announcing their decision to close the game.
Orioles Chief Operations Officer John Angelos referenced Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi, and Mandela and the importance of non-violent protests to USA Today. But elaborated on his opinion further:
"The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards."
Angelos blamed the four-decade period in which the wealthy American class shipped jobs away from Baltimore and outsourced to developing countries for cheap labor for the city’s economic devastation. This put an unfairly impoverished community toward being even more aggressively militarized, Angelos said.
In other words, maybe rather than focusing on violence committed by rioters, Americans should take into consideration the many complex provocation leading to the Baltimore uprising? Such as the over-policing of poor communities or the bad decisions made by the wealthy elite that stripped millions of Americans of their jobs??
Angelos justified the decision to close the Orioles game to the public in one mic-drop-worthy sentiment:
"There is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans."