I have no idea if the Little League team Jackie Robinson West from Chicago used players from outside their districts in 2014 when they participated in the Little League tournaments, and then won the United States Championship. Seoul, South Korea beat them for the world title in the International championship game.
JRW as they are often referred to was the first all-black team to win the U. S. title. Now some blacks are screaming it’s racism to strip them of the U. S. title, and they want to sue. I believe Jesse Jackson was one of those threatening to sue, at least according to one report.
I have black friends, I’ve had for a long time. Successful black friends. They didn’t have to cheat to get where they are. They worked hard, and that work brought them success.
A couple of things disturb me in this whole scenario about JRW. First is that some people want to call it racism before all the facts are known. Why doesn’t everyone find out if JRW did use players outside their district, which according to Little League rules is not allowed, and if they did, accept the fact they violated the rules, and accept their punishment.
Mark Mulder, a former major league pitcher, and a former Little League player indicated in one report he had played against JRW, and they had done this before.
Some are arguing if this happened before, and Little League didn’t do anything about it then, why should they do anything now? Duh. We’re talking about the U. S. championship.
Seems to me the concentration should be on teaching kids the difference between right and wrong. Did you play fair or didn’t you? I can’t believe the kids, even if they knew violations were happening, could have countermanded the adults, so the responsibility shifts to the adults.
But right and wrong gets shoved to the back of the room where it should be the first subject of the day. Instead we have racism front and center, and should it allow blacks to do as they wish?
I can see a defendant standing up in a courtroom and saying, “I killed this person, and I should not be prosecuted because I’m black.”
What if the adults in charge of JRW stood up and said, “We violated the rules, but we’re all black, and should not have the title stripped from the team?”
How much more good those adult leaders from JRW could do if they stepped forward and told the truth, whatever it is. This is 2015, and a new Little League season is just down the road, and baseball moves on. Honesty lasts a lifetime, if you bother to tell it in the first place.
Don’t expect honesty, and that’s another thing that disturbs me.
And, oh yes, Jesse Jackson, have you talked lately about the number of black young men, many who could have gone on to lead productive lives, black young men who are gunned down every weekend by other black young men in Chicago?
Baseball is a game. Death is not.
I guess all those connected with JRW can claim the team was wronged, even if they did wrong in the first place.
I guess they can sue if they want to sue, and Jesse Jackson can sue if he wants to sue. Jesse, why don’t you sue death, and see how you come out on that one?