Remember when being called racist meant something? When it was a horrible brand that people would rush to scrub of their reputations? Thanks to people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who use the term racism to explain every situation, the world means much less than it used to mean. Jesse Jackson’s latest affront to the memory of the civil rights movement is calling the International Little League’s stripping of the US Championship title from the Chicago-area team Jackie Robinson West as racist.
According to ESPN:
The organization found that Jackie Robinson West used a falsified boundary map and that team officials met with neighboring Little League districts in Illinois to claim players and build what amounts to a superteam.
As a result, the United States championship has been awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas.
“Quite honestly, we had to do this,” Little League International president and CEO Stephen D. Keener told ESPN on Wednesday. “We had no choice. We had to maintain the integrity of the Little League program. … As painful as this is, it’s a necessary outcome from what we finally have been able to confirm.
“The real troubling part of this is that we feel horribly for the kids who are involved with this. Certainly, no one should cast any blame, any aspersions on the children who participated on this team. To the best of our knowledge, they had no knowledge that they were doing anything wrong. They were just kids out playing baseball, which is the way it should be. They were celebrated for that by many, many organizations, many people. What we’re most concerned about today is that it’s going to be hard on these kids. And that’s the part that breaks your heart.”
And now Jesse Jackson is teaching those kids a lesson, when you believe you have been falsely accused do not try and explain why, just stick your chest out and as loud as you can— scream, “racism.”
According to Rev. Jackson, “this decision is untimely and inappropriate at this time. It should not take six months after a team has played a championship game to determine eligibility to play the game in the first place… Is this about boundaries or race?”
There are two reasons the ruling took six months, first the Little League took extra care to make sure they were correct, the second is that they originally exonerated the team, but then new evidence came to light.
Little League takes these matters very seriously and has spent countless hours gathering information about the many issues facing Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4,” Keener said in the statement. “During our review, it became clear that both Jackie Robinson West officials and District Administrator, Mike Kelly signed documents to make players eligible who should not have been.”
The national organization said it was Kelly’s responsibility to verify player eligibility based on player information that is gathered and signed by the league president, player agent and team manager.
Little League said that it wasn’t until meetings in January that local league officials acknowledged that they knew of the violation but had never reported it to Little League International.
I guess Jackson is trying to say breaking the rules is okay if you are Black.