Are we teaching the children to be victims?

Over the past few days I have watched the national conversation concerning the Jackie Robinson Little league baseball team. The team has been stripped of their championship because they broke the rules. They are accused of having boys on the team who did not live within the residential boundaries of the team. The coaches knew what they were doing when they put the boys on the team, but the entire team is punished for the acts of a few. This is sad, but it is not some conspiracy created by “the man”. Sadly, some are characterizing this as a race thing. What are we doing to the children? When we tell them something is racist and it isn’t aren’t we creating a victim mentality? What are we doing when we justify cheating by saying “they do it too”. What happened to us? Share your thoughts.

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  • Bill  On February 14, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    What a pertinent and poignant question you ask, “are we teaching to our children to be victims?” The answer is a resounding “yes” and it is indeed very sad. Is there any wonder why children are growing up today with no sense of respect for rules or accountability when they are violated? Is there any better example of teaching black children how to play the race card even when a charge has nothing to do with race?

    What the leaders of this team did was unquestionably a violation of the rules. What a terrible example to set for those children. Having committed this breach of policy I think the missed opportunity to use it as a teachable moment was even more egregious. This is a perfect example to illustrate to those children how bad choices can often ensnare other who are innocent and inflict pain and consequences on them. But these unscrupulous adults obviously are more concerned with using charges of racism to deflect from their unethical behavior than observing the primary purpose of youth sports programs which used to be about building character in children.

  • atlmom5  On February 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Exactly, this whole thing isn’t about race,it is about adults doing the wrong thing.

  • Coran Free  On February 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    This has an invisible veil of racism. You have to know the background. You have to know the rules that are often stretched in sports. You have to know that certain people don’t get the same stretch.

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