An American ambivalence to Hispanics?
Conservative columnist Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review, puts it this way: "People are not interested in a message on immigration that seems personally hostile to immigrants, even to illegal immigrants," according to the Daily Caller online newspaper.
Others see the reaction to the Arizona law, which allows police to ask those suspected to be in the state illegally for documentation, as part of a deeper ambivalence. This ambivalence "reflects a politically divided nation, but [it] is also within individuals themselves, where there's a real love-hate relationship [with Hispanics] … that comes out in the way people are responding to Arizona," says Juan Flores, author of "The Diaspora Strikes Back."
"And sports itself is an example of that juncture between America and Latin America and how it's challenging US culture," he says.
Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks have already been picketed during a recent game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and there is some talk of organizing a boycott of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix next year.