MLB: Meet with AAPI Community Leaders to prevent future racism!

Major League Baseball

Nov-2---mlb

We were outraged by Houston Astros player Yuli Gurriel’s racist gesture and slur against Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series. When Gurriel pulled back his eyes, he disrespected not only Darvish but millions of Asian Americans, for whom that is perhaps the most commonly experienced racist gesture.

Although Major League Baseball swiftly suspended Gurriel for five games, this suspension will not be go into effect until 2018, and we believe this sends an unfortunate mixed message that while it is wrong to ridicule Asians, it is not so wrong as to merit immediate punishment. It certainly did not convey a clear message that what he did is unacceptable.  One day after his racist actions, many Astros fans gave Gurriel a loud ovation and on social media, a photo of an Astros fan making the same gesture has infuriated many Asian Americans.

Sign our petition to demand that MLB leadership and the Houston Astros meet with the AAPI community leaders to discuss our concerns and find ways to ensure this does not happen again.


Here's what we'll send on your behalf:

During the 2017 World Series, we were shocked to see the slanted eye gesture and slur that Houston Astros player Yuli Gurriel directed at Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. This image was broadcast to over 15 million viewers. When Gurriel pulled back his eyes, he disrespected not only Darvish but millions of Asian Americans, for whom that is perhaps the most commonly experienced racist gesture. Ironically, Houston and Los Angeles are two of the most diverse cities in the country, both with significant Asian American populations.

Although Major League Baseball suspended Gurriel for five games without pay and mandated diversity training, it will not take effect until after the World Series. The lack of immediate consequences following Gurriel’s actions sends an unfortunate mixed message to Asians and Asian Americans that while it is wrong to ridicule us, it is not so wrong as to merit immediate punishment. It certainly did not convey a clear message that what he did was unacceptable.  Case in point: one day after his racist actions, many Astros fans gave Gurriel a loud ovation and on social media, a photo of an Astros fan making the same gesture has infuriated many Asian Americans.

During a period of great national tension around race -- including specifically race and athletes -- and a time when Major League Baseball (MLB) is attempting to recruit international players and build a wider audience, the responsibility on MLB to ensure that players and fans from all communities are treated with respect is at a heightened level. We also believe that given the ongoing concerns amongst many Asian Americans and others about the delayed suspension, MLB and the Houston Astros must acknowledge it has heard these concerns and will take steps to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding of the nation’s fastest growing population.

Organizations like the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates and 18 Million Rising, along with many other community groups and leaders, are calling on the leadership of MLB and the Houston Astros to meet with us. While we appreciate that the MLB acted swiftly in suspending Gurriel, we believe the MLB and the Astros have more to do to ensure greater racial sensitivity.

This is a joint petition with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles.
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During the 2017 World Series, we were shocked to see the slanted eye gesture and slur that Houston Astros player Yuli Gurriel directed at Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. This image was broadcast to over 15 million viewers. When Gurriel pulled back his eyes, he disrespected not only Darvish but millions of Asian Americans, for whom that is perhaps the most commonly experienced racist gesture. Ironically, Houston and Los Angeles are two of the most diverse cities in the country, both with significant Asian American populations.

Although Major League Baseball suspended Gurriel for five games without pay and mandated diversity training, it will not take effect until after the World Series. The lack of immediate consequences following Gurriel’s actions sends an unfortunate mixed message to Asians and Asian Americans that while it is wrong to ridicule us, it is not so wrong as to merit immediate punishment. It certainly did not convey a clear message that what he did was unacceptable. Case in point: one day after his racist actions, many Astros fans gave Gurriel a loud ovation and on social media, a photo of an Astros fan making the same gesture has infuriated many Asian Americans.

During a period of great national tension around race -- including specifically race and athletes -- and a time when Major League Baseball (MLB) is attempting to recruit international players and build a wider audience, the responsibility on MLB to ensure that players and fans from all communities are treated with respect is at a heightened level. We also believe that given the ongoing concerns amongst many Asian Americans and others about the delayed suspension, MLB and the Houston Astros must acknowledge it has heard these concerns and will take steps to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding of the nation’s fastest growing population.

Organizations like the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates and 18 Million Rising, along with many other community groups and leaders, are calling on the leadership of MLB and the Houston Astros to meet with us. While we appreciate that the MLB acted swiftly in suspending Gurriel, we believe the MLB and the Astros have more to do to ensure greater racial sensitivity.