The Jackie Robison West baseball team who won the American Little League championship last summer was stripped of their title for violating residency rules. The all black team used players from outside the area they represent, building an all-star team in clear violation of the rules everyone else followed. Because of this, the team must vacate all of their wins, forfeit their title, and their coach has been suspended. Oh, and of course, the punishment is totally racist.
In a press conference led by a tearful Jesse Jackson, parents of the players took turns at the microphone accusing Little League Baseball of racism for enforcing its rules.
ABC 7 Chicago captured all of the action:
“Little League says that they teach character and they teach courage. Well, this isn’t an act of courage and this sure isn’t an act of character. Brandon Green and his teammates, they earned the championship win and we will not stop until justice is done,” said Venisa Green, mother of JRW player Brandon Green.
She does understand that part of a person’s character is not cheating to win a baseball game, doesn’t she?
“A lot of people feel the players – the boys, the young men – should not be punished for the actions of a few,” said Ronald Holt, community leader.
Who should be punished? The team that cheated, or the teams that didn’t but were beaten by the team that cheated?
“This is America. You have to explain to our children that this is America and this is how it works in America,” said Dennis Butler, grandfather of a JRW player.
Yeah, that’s exactly how things work in America. You cheat, you get caught, you are punished. Would he prefer the boys learn the lesson that you are not held responsible for your actions? Apparently so.
Then, for some reason, a white priest took the podium and dropped this bomb:
“You need to reverse this unless you’re going to go after all 16 teams. This is a racist attack and racist at the foot of this, and there’s no way I’ll back off from that, none whatsoever,” Pfleger said.
Fighting back the tears, Jesse Jackson mumbled into the mic:
“This is persecution. This is not right, it’s unnecessary. And it’s not fair,” Jackson said.
And yet it’s somehow fair to the other teams that didn’t break the rules because they didn’t have all-black rosters, right Jesse?
Jackson says this is still new, and the group is still evaluating options including possible legal action. They say the Jackie Robinson team was singled out for scrutiny and if there is an investigation of them, there should be an investigation of all 16 teams in the Little League World Series. And they say if rules were broken, it’s the adults who should face repercussions, not the kids.
Jesse Jackson is so outraged at this egregious example of “racism” that he’s holding a rally for the Jackie Robinson West team this weekend at his Rainbow PUSH coalition headquarters.
For the record, Little League Baseball has previously stripped teams of wins and titles for the same kinds of violations. This may come as a shock to Mr. Jackson, but those teams were not made up of all black players. From ESPN:
Jackie Robinson West isn’t the first team to have its Little League title stripped. In 1992, Little League took away the title from Zamboanga, Philippines, and handed it to Long Beach, California, after Zamboanga used several players who lived outside its district or were overage. In 2001, a team from the Bronx that finished third was forced to forfeit its games after pitcher Danny Almonte was revealed to be overage.
Here’s another shock: not everything bad that happens to black people is racism, especially if it’s of their own doing.