As described here, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball team was stripped of its U.S. title after Little League International found out–later than it should have— that the team’s adult leadership changed the district boundaries without permission to create what was really an all-star team. The championship, to be blunt, was won through cheating.
Since the team’s members were all African-Americans, Jesse Jackson and many of the parents immediately claimed that racism was behind the forfeit. If, however, a white team had been found to have prevailed over a black team by cheating and was allowed to keep its ill-gotten championship, Jackson would also scream racism. (This was a #11. on the Draft Ethics Alarms Race-Baiting Scale: Presumed Racism: Accusations of racism based on no other factors but the races of the individuals involved.) Jackson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel then pressured the Little League to reverse its decision, essentially allowing cheating to be 100% successful, as it often is in politics. To its credit, the organization refused to bend.
Never mind: Emanuel is a veteran of the Obama administration, and also has a large black constituency to pander to. Thus he plans on giving the team championship rings at next month’s city council meeting. Emanuel found private donors to fund championship rings shortly after the Little League World Series. Each ring has the player’s name, jersey number and the number 42, in tribute to Jackie Robinson. On the inside of each ring, the legend, “Who says cheaters never prosper?” is engraved in script.
Just kidding about that last part.
‘These young men demonstrated tremendous character both on and off the field, and Chicago will honor them as the champions they are,” Emanuel said. His statement was of a piece with White House spokesman Josh Earnest’s similarly illogical and unethical statement, “The fact is, is some dirty dealing by adults does not take anything away from the accomplishments of those young men.” The fact that they won due to cheating takes nothing away from their victory, says the White House. Yes, this is how the Administration thinks.
This is also how these young men are being taught to think, thanks to the Mayor’s cynical conduct and the message it sends. He is also telling them to remember that as they go through life, playing the race card will often get them anything they want, avoid accountability, and intimidate people out of following rules, laws, and basic principles of right and wrong.
Hmmm. Is the White House at all concerned about the other team that is now the Little League Champions, and that was robbed of its glory and achievement by the cheating Jackie Robinson West team? Was that team invited to meet the President at the White House, as the team that had to surrender its illicit title was? The answer is no, and no.