Current numbers put the unemployment rate of African-Americans at nearly twice that of whites. In July, that unemployment rate stood at 15.6 versus 8.6 percent for whites nationwide. Naturally, one would assume that the NAACP- a group that some still believe is fighting for African-Americans- would want to see more blacks working. Not in the Jackson metro area.
Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, has indicated that he will ask the Southeastern Conference not to let Pearl play host to the conference’s baseball tournament because of the state flag. Here’s some background: the SEC is currently accepting bids from various cities to host the annual baseball tournament. Pearl is expected to make a bid, but won’t get it if the NAACP has a say.
For the record, I don’t think Pearl would get the host slot but not because of the flag. The AA ballpark is smaller than AAA counterparts in places like Memphis, Duluth, GA, or Hoover- and features a less appealing metro area. Although Starkville and Oxford have played host to some of the most exciting Regionals and Super Regionals in NCAA tournament play (even with the state flag flying over the parks); and both schools have huge baseball followings.
A tournament would pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy. One would assume that is a good thing.