The Rev. Jesse Jackson joined the news conference, saying that the team earned the title and will fight to keep it.
Little League Baseball stripped the championship title from the Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West team on Wednesday, despite a plea from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.The team’s coach was suspended for violating a rule that prohibits the inclusion of players who live outside a team’s geographic area.
The first all-African-American team to win the championship was instructed to vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament, including its Great Lakes Regional and U.S. championships. The national championship title was then awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas.
A spokesman for Little League International told ABC News today that the organization “stands by the difficult decision” announced yesterday.
“Little League International will be working with its counsel to ensure Jackie Robinson West Little League officials and their attorney are fully educated regarding the factual basis of the decision,” Brian McClintock of Little League International said in a statement.
Four things stand out:
1. No black person in America should be surprised that this happened.
2. The story will be twisted to make it sound like black people are the only ones who “break the rules” when it is more likely that this isn’t the first time a team has had players who live outside a particular area. It is only an issue when it suits the League’s purposes to make it an issue.
3. Black people will come off looking like we expect the rules to be changed for us because cheating is the only way black people can win over white people. Just like “affirmative action” was labeled as ‘reverse racism’ (cheating) since it that is the only way black people can “win” a job over a white person.
4. Any white person (like the same Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who closed dozens of black schools last year) can capitalize on this “emotional” black issue (even if he or she could really give a damn) and win the undying (and unthinking) loyalty of blacks — who quickly forget it’s an ELECTION YEAR for the mayor.
What is the REAL lesson behind this story?
That as long as black people give white people the power to define OUR worth by giving us “titles” and “awards”
WE are giving up our power to define AND value ourselves.
The real tragedy is NOT the loss of a “title” — the tragedy is black adults and parents are STILL teaching our black children the same self-defeating lessons we were taught by our parents and the black adults in our community:
NOTHING WE DO MATTERS UNTIL WHITE PEOPLE GIVE US A TITLE, AN AWARD OR A PRIZE FOR DOING IT.
Which reminds me of some recent headlines in the media:
“Selma’s Oscar snub”
“Beyonce’s controversial snub by Grammys”
It’s the same old saw and the same old questions as to why we aren’t treated correctly
When the REAL question should be:
When will our unquenchable thirst for white validation finally come to an end?
SINCE WHEN DO WE NEED A GRAMMY OR AN OSCAR TO TELL US IF A BLACK PERFORMER CAN ACT, DANCE, OR SING?
It’s like a man who chases after a pretty woman begging and begging and begging her to like him and go out with him.
He gets a new car, some fly clothes, a nicer house, and a nose job and she still refuses.
So he offers her all his money and material possessions, including his brand new car and she turns him down–again.
So, he says to himself: “I know what I’ll do! I’ll get more stuff, work harder, be more successful, and then she’ll have to like me!”
When, in reality, if he cut his losses and moved on to another woman who appreciated his many qualities
He would discover that he really doesn’t need the other woman’s approval to begin with and that he is alright just the way he is.
Because once he really thinks about the callous way she treated him he’d realize
she wasn’t worth his time to begin with.
And THAT is the lesson we are FAILING to teach our children
Which is one of the MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS we could ever teach them:
To NEVER seek the approval of ANYONE who is NOT MORALLY FIT TO JUDGE THEM.
Once black people move away from needing “titles” and “awards” and white validation we will discover
WE DIDN’T NEED IT ANYWAY.
But, if we are determined to, just for the fun of it, give someone a “title” or an “award” surely we are capable of supporting and financing our OWN leagues without sponsorship from corporate america
and even if our children have to play baseball without getting national recognition from those who didn’t want to give it anyway
they can still have good clean FUN, get plenty of exercise and still turn out to be some DAMN GOOD BALL PLAYERS.
And we would TEACH them HOW to see through the SHAM of black progress by teaching them that the TITLES given to black politicians and preachers who DO NOT SERVE OUR BEST INTERESTS come from the same entities that are oppressing us
and they would STOP SEEKING MORE TITLES AND LABELS AND AWARDS AND WHITE VALIDATION (including in their bedrooms).
And REDUCE the number of black youth who–instead of seeking real knowledge and education and skills
seek ANY opportunity to strut their black stuff across a stage with a mike in one hand and their genitals and self-respect in the other in their desperate attempts to be
It is time for ALL black people to put on our thinking caps, grab a flashlight and search for our SELF-RESPECT
The REAL Lesson Behind the Jackie Robinson Little League Team Being Stripped of Title | Racism Is White Supremacy.
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