Baker won't back off hot topic
BY PAUL SULLIVAN
CHICAGO - (KRT) - Dusty Baker is taking criticism for saying that black and Latin players are better suited to play in the heat, but the Cubs' manager isn't backing away from his comments.
"I'm used to getting beat up," Baker said. "Like Popeye used to say, `I say what I mean, I mean what I say.' I meant what I said. I say what I feel. I try to be as honest as possible, and if that's how I feel, that's how I feel. And if that's what I said, you write it. They wrote it. It doesn't matter to me. I still believe what I said. I'm not going to take it back, or else I wouldn't have said it in the first place."
Baker said he told reporters the same thing he has told his players in the past_that part of the reason slaves were brought to America from Africa was their ability to work in the heat of the South.
"Everyone was talking about how hot it was, and I told them, `That's why my ancestors were brought over here, for this heat,'" Baker said. "That's history. My mother (taught) Black American history in Sacramento. What she told me, I'd repeat it.
"It sounds to me like a lot of people don't know history. If they take it as reverse racism ... they can take it however they want. I stand by what I said."
Actually it's technically inaccurate, if in a smalllll way. Skin color isn't about "heat" it's about Ultraviolet radiation protection. Melanin acts like the skin's "ozone layer", protecting it from harmful UV rays. Heat is a separate issue entirely and while the melanism of the darker skin protects against UV rays, it also absorbs MORE heat than lighter skin, just as a dark colored car absorbs more heat than a lighter car.
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