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Orioles outfielder Adam Jones made headlines at https://www.whitesoxedge.com/chicago-white-sox/robin-ventura-jerseythe beginning of May after he said be was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park.Now Jones feelshe can use his negative and public experience as a platform to talk about racial inequalities both within and outside the baseball world. »I’m not afraid of the backlash, because it’s the truth, »Jones said in a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports. « It’s my truth through my eyes. We all have our own truths. How we were raised that’s our truth. Growing up in San Diego, or California in general, it’s a very liberal state. I grew up with blacks, whites, Mexicans, Filipinos. Everything was diverse. My cla s wasn’t predominately anything. Playing sports, it was diverse. My neighborhood was diverse. »The worst thing is when people say, ‘I don’t see color.’I think that’s the dumbest thing. Unle s you’re colorblind, you see color. You may choose not to think of the other things that come with color, but you see color. At the ballpark in San Diego, you see the diversity. LA, Arizona, San Francisco, both Texas teams. You just see so much diversity. Growing up like that, I always a sumed the rest of the United States, the rest of the world, was like that. »Jones said his first experience with racism came when he was playing Double-A baseball in Little Rock, Ark., and he was shocked. »Some guy riding a bike justhttps://www.whitesoxedge.com/chicago-white-sox/jeff-keppinger-jerseywants to spew some nasty things at us, » Jones recalled. « My teammate at the time he was from Georgia, and he was older, and he told me to keep walking, because nothing good could come out of it. Me being 19, I was like, What? This was not supposed to happen like this. It’s something I’ll never forget. Why would anyone go out of their way to hate on another person? »As an athlete, Jones said he andfellow players shouldn’t be quiet and just take it because he makes millions of dollars. Jones acknowledged he is equivalentto an « entertainer » and that once his productivity in the league begins to winddown, so will his playing time.That being said, Jones said all players, young and veteran, should not be afraid to hold back on discu sing hot-button topics such as racism and that the fans should be involved with the discu sion not silent. »When people start to use strong profanity and hate words, you Melky Cabrera Jersey sit there and think, ‘What is really the i sue?’The i sue isn’t me. The i sue is not me being in center field. There’s a bigger i sue, » Jones said. « I don’t know what would make someone do that (especially) at a Major League Baseball game. When you’re at a baseball game, you’re surrounded. »And the scarier part is when things are said in the stands, a lot of people around them are mum. I don’t know if they don’t want to get involved with it. »

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