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Kenny Williams ‘encouraged’ by Theo Epstein’s words and actions regarding race

2 years agoKarli Bell

Chicago White Sox executive vice president and former general manager Kenny Williams gave a 30-minute interview to SoxTV discussing his personal interactions regarding race in his life and in the world of baseball, excerpts of which were seen on “The Stadium” on Marquee Sports Network Tuesday night.

In the interview, Williams mentioned his upcoming opportunity to speak with Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein about race relations and the lack of diversity in front offices across the league. Prior to discussing this topic with Epstein, Williams is inspired by Epstein’s words and actions thus far.

“I’m going to…have a conversation…with Theo Epstein, who has come out recently and said he’s going to take a look inside of himself,” Williams said. “He’s questioning his own hiring methods, and…this is coming from a very progressive person.

“If you’ve got progressive people taking a look at themselves and their practices, maybe then, that person who walks through the door with some potential gets an opportunity whereas, in the past, he didn’t. So, I choose to be encouraged by that. I choose to be optimistic.”

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