Yesterday’s headline on the Major League Baseball website was First-of-kind MLB Diversity Business Summit historic. The objective of the “Summit” was broadening the backgrounds of people who work in the national pastime. … 1,000 people hoping to forge a relationship in baseball or with one of the suppliers.

This Summit was unique in that it combined a job fair with a chance for
entrepreneurs to meet with representatives of teams and supplier
networks. And by stressing diversity, MLB opened up its doors to people
with ideas and perspectives that may not have been heard before.

According to Jesse Jackson, who addressed the summit:

We didn’t know how good baseball could be until everybody could play.
And we don’t know how good business can be until everyone can play.
Major League Baseball is marketing. It’s advertising and promotions,
making and designing uniforms. It’s vendors. 

“I don’t think about their sexuality, sir.”

While reaching out to provide business opportunities to racial minorities is admirable, MLB hasn’t gotten the message that diversity means our inclusion. Once again, MLB hung out a sign that read Gays need not apply. Bud Selig and Major League Baseball continue to pretend that LGBT people do not exist. Nothing says this better than the statement of an MLB-employed “reporter” covering the event:

I don’t think about their sexuality, sir. That’s none of my business. I went to an event and covered what I saw. The theme of the event was being open to all members of society. That’s admirable on any level. I’m sorry you perceive it differently.

Not surprisingly, a query to the “Diversity Business Partners” office has not been answered. I’ll send another query with a link and see if that motivates a response.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.