Adam Jones

Wild Card: Life in a white man's sport

Wild Card: Life in a white man's sport

As the light rail zips down Howard Street, the sight of downtown gets me riled up with resentment. I'm headed toward Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but the stadium is not just a stadium but rather a grand token of appreciation for white flight, redlining, blockbusting, and zero tolerance policy that shapes the stratum for black people in Baltimore. I'm on my way to an Orioles game against the Houston Astros—my first one in a while and, hopefully, a refreshing experience.

Living in Baltimore and heading anywhere near downtown, more often than not, I feel out of place, looking for people who look like me. Just as "thug" is coded language for...

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