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AstrosThe access and credentialing to the true Black Press at Minute Maid Park has become an issue of genuine respect.

After the African-American News and Issues made a recent request for simple credentials to cover the Houston Astros, a vice president in the media office has unleashed a scathing e-mail to the African-American News and Issues stating his thoughts about a recent article where the newspaper shared its experience about trying to acquire credentials from the media office to cover Astros baseball.

In the e-mail, Astros Media V.P. Gene Dias said. “I just read your article on the Astros. You are grossly off base with this article. For you to accuse us as being racist based on the email exchange is extremely irresponsible…We intend to credential your publication for the dates you requested. You really jumped the gun with this article.”

African-American News and Issues Publisher Roy Douglas Malonson said the main issue here is Respect .

“All we wanted was some press credentials to report on Black players and their contributions to the game of baseball,” Malonson said. “We did not want to fight, but I want to make it clear that we will not be disrespected by anyone. You all are messing with the wrong Negro here- Roy Douglas Malonson. You can now take the press credentials and stick them up your a*!es.”

Dias made calls to the news offices, but the Publisher Roy Douglas Malonson has made it clear that he will now only meet with the owner or owners of the Houston Astros.

One can read the e-mails for themselves on-line and see that our intentions and proposals approaching the Houston Astros were honest and legitimate. Start with March 11.

What are the real motives in controlling and credentialing the Black Press and how does that compare in other areas of respecting Black fans coming to the ballpark, the hiring of Black workers, Black contractors and giving back to the Black community. Are we being insulted there too?

It is unfortunate that the Houston Astros representative is confused and has used the “Race card” when talking about something as simple as getting credentials, because clearly the newspaper did not go there.

There is a distinct difference in being a racist-racism and discrimination.

Some folks need to go back, read and understand the difference between racism and discrimination.

It is obvious that some people in our society still do not understand that difference very well.

American dictionaries define the two words very differently.

Let the English language explain.


1. an act or instance of discriminating or of making a distinction.

2. treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination. 

3. the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: Example- She chose the colors with great discrimination.  – Source Webster Dictionary

Racist– a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.

Racism is:

1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others 
2. abusive or aggressive behavior towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief 

Recalling the short online-piece, “What Bo Doesn’t know About the Houston Astros” the word “racist” was not used and no one called anyone a racist by name or organization.

There is a clear distinction between calling someone a “racist” and raising questions about being “discriminatory”.

Nothing in the story states that the team, players, management or its operations are “racist” and no direct accusations state that the team carries or uses those qualities.

It’s just not there.

However, that story does challenge and raise questions about being discriminatory nature of  how the Astros screen “applicants” for credentials and about the “nuts and bolts” policies and procedures that goes into the selection process. It is serious.

There are those in the community who may believe that disrespect and discriminatory screening of the true Black Press is not a big deal. Some may even think it is not a serious matter or might choose to gloss it over or play it down.

To that we say: if you come to the aid of the Astros supporting disrespect on this or any other issue, we will let the world know about you too.

The newspaper is committed to standing up and fighting for what’s right, what is true and what is just for the Black community.

It’s all about Respect….

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