Nevertheless, statements by companies about their social preferences provide a healthy dose of skepticism.
In fact, some similar companies are taking part in a stampede of statements criticizing voting laws such as Facebook, Google and AT&T, they have also recently voted for the Republican State Leadership Committee, which would support several voting initiatives. is. Jude Legum, a journalist, Pointed out this hypocrisy In his popular information newspaper, noting that Republican state lawmakers have introduced bills to restrict voting in 47 states.
In the case of businesses like Coca-Cola and Delta, their more powerful, specific statements Voting law in Georgia The bill came only after it was passed and 72 senior black officers spoke, giving them cover.
And the statement – even moving an All-Star game – is not expensive. Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said this in a letter to MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred, calling his move an “easy way to point out virtues without significant financial decline”.
Mr. Rubio also told Mr. Manfred, “I am under no illusion that you intend to resign as a member from Augusta National Golf Club,” which is based in Georgia. “Doing so would require an individual sacrifice, as opposed to a corporate virtue sign to move Atlanta’s All-Star Game.”
The decision to relocate the game will affect “countless small and minority-owned businesses” in and around Atlanta, Mr. Rubio wrote.
At that last point Mr. Rubio has a colleague Stacey AbramsDemocratic organizers in Georgia, but not because they agree on the underlying issue. Ms. Abrams said, “I am disappointed that MLB is moving to the All-Star Game; However, I praise the players, the owners and the league commissioner. I urge others in leadership positions to do the same.
She added, “I respect the boycott, although I do not want to see Georgia families hurt by lost incidents and jobs. Georgians targeted by voter suppression will be hurt by opportunities to move to other states.”