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Chicago Jackie Robinson West Little League stripped of U.S. championship

Jackie Robinson West's Little League All-Stars were so popular that they sold more than $165,000 worth of t-shirts at a Dick's Sporting Goods — Associated Press

Jackie Robinson West’s Little League All-Stars celebrated in Chicago after the Little League World Series (Photo: Associated Press)

Little League baseball has stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West all-stars of the United States championship for using players who lived outside the area that team represents, the organization said in a statement.

POLL: Should Jackie Robinson West be stripped of wins?

Team manager Donald Butler has been suspended from Little League and Michael Kelly, the administrator for Illinois District 4, has been removed from his position. The Jackie Robinson West program has been put on probation and had its tournament privileges revoked until a new president and treasurer are appointed and the league is in compliance with Little League regulations. The national organization said it will appoint a special advisor to Illinois District 4 to help the league comply with boundary issues and bylaws.

Along with the U.S. championship, Little League stripped Jackie Robinson West of all tournament victories. The U.S. title has been awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas. The Great Lakes regional title will be awarded to New Albany, Ind.; the Illinois state championship will go to to Tri-Cities Little League in West Dundee, Ill.; and the Illinois District 4 title to Rosemoor (Chicago).

After an investigation, Little League determined that the Jackie Robinson west league used a map to determine league boundaries that did not reflect the actual boundaries and got together with officials from other nearby leagues to build a better team.

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Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keener said in a statement: “For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses. This is a heartbreaking decision. What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome.

“As our Little League operations staff learned of the many issues and actions that occurred over the course of 2014 and prior, as painful as this is, we feel it a necessary decision to maintain the integrity of the Little League program. No team can be allowed to attempt to strengthen its team by putting players on their roster that live outside their boundaries.”

According to Little League, this is the third time that such punitive action has been taken. Little League disqualified Zamboanga (Philippines) City Little League in 1992 and the Rolando Paulino Little League from Bronx, N.Y. in 2001. The 2001 incident was related to age discrepancies involving star pitcher Danny Almonte.

In its statement, Little League said no allegations of misconduct were levied against Jackie Robinson West by a league in Illinois District 4 in the regular season, tournament season or since the reports of wrongdoing have come out, but local league officials confirmed they had “direct knowledge of this rules violation” when asked during Little League’s investigation.

In meetings last month, league officials confirmed that there was a map redrafting process that started before the 2013 season and includes maps agreed upon by the leagues but never submitted for approval. The organization said Jackie Robinson West “knowingly expanded its boundaries to include territory that belonged to other leagues in the district.”

“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. “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.”

“Little League relies heavily on the commitment of principled volunteers to serve as a system of checks and balances in preparation of and throughout Little League International Tournament Play. Unfortunately, no allegations against Jackie Robinson West Little League were made until well after the tournament ended, contributing to the difficulty of resolving these many complex issues. As an organization, Little League has faced issues similar to this in the past, and we felt that we must take the appropriate action set by that precedent.”

Those alleged efforts created a firestorm in Chicago when they came to light in December, and the U.S. runners-up have since asked for the U.S. title to be stripped should Jackie Robinson West be found guilty of subverting eligibility regulations.

“It’s not a matter of changing the name on the title or the championship,” Kristi Black, the president of Mountain Ridge, told ESPN. “The outcome of the game is what it is, and the kids have moved on. For us, it’s more of an ethics thing, a matter of doing what’s right. Our intention is to not have the next 27 kids put in this position.”

 

 

 

239 comments
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WimberlyWilliam

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michaelpolk
michaelpolk

I've coached baseball now for 19 years, and remember when my sons and their teams had their 'shot' at the LL World Series.  Our Athletic Director was in tune to the district boundaries as were the other teams within the district.  I agree with the comment that these boundary maps should be compared to previous boundaries earlier in an attempt to catch issues like this before it escalates. In any event, the integrity of the game needs to be maintained.  The players are the victims, both from the Chicago team and the teams they played.  Little League represents so much more by providing an opportunity to many kids to learn valuable lessons and build life-long relationships.  It's important to focus on these attributes and not 'win at all cost'.

CheetahObx
CheetahObx

Good for CEO Keener!!!  These "lines" were/are NOT drawn in sand.

As the 'ole saying goes...."Don't do the crime....If you can't do the time!"


CASE CLOSED.

BabyGeee1
BabyGeee1

Why doesn't LL verify the eligibility of ALL of the players BEFORE the world series? Why let a team get this far before saying - oh you lived across an invisible line - cheater!! Who is the person that has access to the players address, and went out of their way to bring it to the attention of the LL? Were the parents ever notified about the boundaries before signing their children up to join the team? People lie all the time about their address to put their kids in good schools...and if that kid happens to win a sporting event while attending said school, is that cheating too? There are too many unanswered questions that makes this all seem fishy. What I will say is the comments below prove without a shadow of doubt that America is full of close-minded, extremely prejudiced trolls, that won't take 30 seconds to put themselves in the mind set of the person they're complaining about, and that is why this country will never ever be as great as it truly can be.

TerronColeman
TerronColeman

Yes it is simply racism! I don't expect spoiled white people here in this country to be able to understand it, but the rest of the minorities know exactly the deal. When I was young as an African American little league player we lost every year to white teams who had kids that beat us in the championship games that were so big, we were kind of intimidated of them before we even played, lol. Cheating has been going on since I was young. I don't know if they even cheated, but the fact that a white guy from the losing team went deep into investigation is where the racism comes. The racism comes from when blacks win something, their is always a long drawn out investigation and that the black winner isn't really legitimate. Ask President Obama who had to actually show his birth certificate almost four years into his term. Blacks always have to show proof, and the racism comes into play that whites are just given the benefit of the doubt and never have to prove anything. This country was built on cheating, just ask the Indian who were tricked and given smallpox.


Tom Brady and Bill Billicech have been caught cheating 3 to 4 times. They won't be stripped of any titles or any games. Cheating in baseball from spitball throwing old time pitchers, to Mark McGuire and company. Typical AmeriKKKa! They hate when blacks win at something. Anyone who believes that all the white teams the last 10 yrs followed all the rules and had all players that used their appropriate address and all lived within the border is more than naïve. I'll say that you are pretty stupid! Cheating is the American way. Racist Republicans are just downright ridiculous and not even worth mentioning, but naïve white Democrats are even worse. Any team that makes it to that level probably cheated in some way shape or form because it's too hard to get to that point with all local players. Caught is the key word for me. If this team cheated in which I wouldn't doubt if they did, but the reason they were CAUGHT is why it's racist. If a white team wins no one cares b/c they feel that is what should've happened, but if a black team wins, here come the white people with wanting to check birth certificates, AKA Barack Obama and we have to bring extra ID just to be able to vote because white people love investigating everyone but themselves. Racist AmeriKKKa! Congrats Jackie Robinson West you are the real champs and it's good to see what type of sh*t hole you will have to grow up in while you are young. It won't get any better, b/c this country is nothing but a racist craphole. 

jasper7788
jasper7788

YOU are the one making it about race. How about you do a little fact checking.

If you had done some fact checking instead of crying racism because it was an all black team, you would know that the Peachtree City National Little League team was stripped of their title for violations also. The team was predominately white.

So instead of spewing racist garbage and claiming it was only because they were black, try doing a little research next time. They cheated and got caught just like Peachtree. Cheating should be punished, not accepted because "it always happens"

Ignorance at its best!

CheetahObx
CheetahObx

@TerronColeman ......When is your fiction book coming out.....?


I have friends that are "African-American(s)"........but they are white.

So.....what are you?

jasper7788
jasper7788

Oh. And I wonder if Obama got involved when Peachtree was stripped of its title. Oh wait, that's right. HE DIDN'T. But then again. He's proved many times he is a racist by ONLY getting involved when the person(s) are black.

pturner1976
pturner1976

You are a measly 13% of the population in a non black democracy. You better get used to the fact that you are never going to have the political, economic or social power that the black community feels it deserves. There simply aren't enough of you and the other 87% non black population simply isn't going to just bend over and let you force your will upon us. You and your people are a tiny population in the greater scheme of things and your social issues and cultural pathologies are not white folks problem. This team cheated and that is all there is to it.

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

Ummmm pturner doesn't speak for me. He seems a lil Coo-Coo. He's right on one point. This is about cheating and that's all.

matthall222
matthall222

Having had a child just go through the process of trying to get there and not accomplishing the feat, it bothers me that what many have lost sight of is that the reason they got there was because they cheated. My son's team, or any other team, would no doubt have had a much better chance if they had recruited from outside their boundaries. Who we should be sad for is the kids who were on the teams who were beat by this team and, as a result of which, were denied the joy of going to the World Series or the joy of winning that last game.

JeffRiggs
JeffRiggs

@matthall222  I understand. It seems to be the black African way now, and when they can't get away with it, yell racism. Of coarse the liberal media shall continue to encourage this behavior by supporting this militant behavior.

JeffRiggs
JeffRiggs

The bottom line is, they broke the rules. Stop complaining about racism, no racism happened here. Africans would be best served with teaching these kids right from wrong instead of breaking the rules and then yelling racism when they don't get away with it. Take responsibility for doing the wrong thing.

AudreyAkaye
AudreyAkaye

@JeffRiggs  Mr. Jane who is now getting death threats in Chicago, is married to a black woman-he has children with this black woman, and yes they are being threatened by the blacks in Chicago, because of ignorance. Chicago has the most ignorant people in the country.

JeffRiggs
JeffRiggs

@AudreyAkaye @JeffRiggs  That does not even surprise me. There not just ignorant, they're unjust and militant. The only way to respond to these types is with superior force.

AntonioMoore1
AntonioMoore1

Teams jumping boundary lines is a very common thing i used to coach i know. From little league to highschool. They broke the rules they are wrong and they got reported on and caught. But if this team wasn't from the inner city where baseball is the 3rd most popular sport behind basketball and football their accomplishment would have never been questioned. If this team would have gotten their butts kicked no investigation would have occurred

CheetahObx
CheetahObx

@AntonioMoore1 .....with all due respect.....that is a moot point.  That's like stating..........if I never went to classes.....I would have never graduated from high school.......you/I/we....will never know(that).

As in the sport that I compete/participate in(cycling)......cheating is rampart!......even at the state/regional/national level(s)......it's is truly amazing and even harder to believe......that the average "Joe"....riding next to me is cheating......but......he is! Does that make me a cheater?

NO!  Does that make me any lesser?  NO!   But.......it still continues.

I never got caught up in the/this story(in/during/after the beginning)....but only became interested in the "outcome" once the falsification of document(s)/documentation(s).....had occurred/established.......that's when.....I/anyone.....would and SHOULD cry fowl!!!!   As a sports person, sports competitor, a human being and most & foremost.....a father of a young boy who competes as well......I can and will only teach and validate one thing......NEVER....EVER!.....CHEAT......no matter how GREAT or Significant of the award or achievement.   There are/is no "gray" matter here.....if......If.....IF this "team" wanted a "variance"....they should have requested one.....IN WRITING......before.....


Now.....that this has "come out".......the facts are undisputed and thus the penalty(ies).....are just.   It is truly sad for the "kids".....or is it???  12 years old.....kids KNOW the difference between right and wrong.....NO ONE should be trying to sugar coat this......


Rules were broken.   Plain and simple. 

AntonioMoore1
AntonioMoore1

I agree they broke the rules and should have been punished. I have a ten year old son who competes in sports and i gave him this incident as a lesson on cheating. My point is this rule is so commonly ignored and circumvented it's a shame. But this team and they all are responsible down to the parents were only ivestigated because they won which was improbable given where they were from . If you dig deeper you will probably find the whole system is a mess. And if these kids would have lost nothing would have been said

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

You make a good case my brother. It was the bright spotlight of winning the whole shebang not race that was to blame. It's not a great story not matter the race if there was cheating. Instead it's a tragedy. It's just another "to good to be true" story that will keep us bent on cynical for the next dozen true/fake events that we want to believe in but just can't let go and enjoy. Ty Chicago coaches/parents

CheetahObx
CheetahObx

@AntonioMoore1 ......Again......IT IS A MOOT POINT.

You are making assumptions with no concrete evidence.

It's like being in a court room.....and you being the prosecuting attorney.....and stating....."Your honor.......the defendant is guilty!"......The judge replies....."On what grounds...?!"

And you reply....."If..............."

What do you think the judge would state???  

"Sir....that is ALL circumstantial evidence"


Case dismissed.


It will NEVER matter "what if".....they have(and they are!) to go on the rules and what transpired.


For the last time.....THEY(WHOMEVER) CHEATED.

THEY FORFEIT! 


END OF STORY.

MarkNStarlaTraina
MarkNStarlaTraina

13-year old BASEBALL PLAYERS are old enough to have known that what they were doing was WRONG, UNFAIR and ILLEGAL!

MARK TRAINA is a STAFF WRITER for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of AMERICA

MarkNStarlaTraina
MarkNStarlaTraina

NAAA RESPONSE: “WINNIN ain’t really WINNIN, if you have to surround yourself with a bunch of LOSERS in order to WIN”

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of AMERCIA

MarkNStarlaTraina
MarkNStarlaTraina

JACKIE ROBINSON LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM DISGRACES AMERICA - 2015

There are questions about the wisdom and propriety of nationally televising a sporting tournament pitting kids who are 11-13 years old. But last summer, weren’t we blessed the Little League World Series was on? We were exposed to Mo’ne Davis, the little pitcher from Philadelphia who became a role model and icon for becoming the first girl to throw a shutout on such a stage, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated afterward.

And if Davis’s team couldn’t win, why not get behind the kids from Jackie Robinson West from Chicago’s south side? Roughly 2.4 million kids play in Little League nationwide, but these kids must have been the most riveting, bowing after big base hits, embracing each other and their fans with each run scored, each out recorded. They were offered no advantages, and made no excuses for it. And they won.

CHICAGO STYLE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/02/11/jackie-robinson-west-little-league-scandal-spoils-good-story-for-a-sport-and-kids-that-needed-one/

NAAA RESPONSE: “WINNIN ain’t really WINNIN, if you have to surround yourself with a bunch of LOSERS in order to WIN”

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of AMERCIA

BillMac1
BillMac1

So when are the real winners going to the White House to be congratulated by the President?

SPORTSSOUTH
SPORTSSOUTH

It says: In our current society "Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery."*


That stat. came from the U.S. Department of Justice, currently run by a Black director.


Those are just two situations that a Black teen may get shot by "a racist cop" or even a Black officer or even a racist Black officer, or a Hispanic officer or Asian officer.


Stop calling everybody a racist, find a better argument.


How did this story go from a bunch of Chicago cheaters to a race war?  Those kids on that team knew they had some ineligible players on their team.



JeffRiggs
JeffRiggs

@SPORTSSOUTH  Yes, they knew. They should teach them to take responsibility for their actions, or lack of actions. The coaches damn well knew, and did nothing, they should be barred from the game.

AntonioMoore1
AntonioMoore1

@james skidmore as racist as you are unfortunately you are right inner city kids stand a better chance of being the next unarmed black teen shot by a racist cop than going to the big leagues. Whats that say about our society.

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

I am blaming the "adults" in this situation. That is shameful, but the kids knew what was going on. It went something like this..."Whoa! Where did those ringers come from? I didn't see them in our league all year. Why are they here? Why did he get my spot?" All the coaches, all the parents and all the kids knew. The kids are the victims here but it's not that they got robbed a championship. Snatched from them was the example of what good human beings act like. The "adults" had the opportunity to model dignity and integrity. Instead there's nothing but disgrace and feeble arguments of racism. So sad.

BillMac1
BillMac1

@NothingButTheTruf  Why did he get my spot? Excellent, some other poor kid never got his chance to even play and possibly win or lose. :This effected so many. Its a pyramid effect and the kids are the real losers here, especially the ones who never got a chance to even play.

JaneMarieHoward
JaneMarieHoward

They would have had to have played in the league all season long . These teams are basically all-star teams selected from the 11-12-year-olds, who are selected to play in the post -season tournament culminating in Williamsport. Had there been any ringers brought in after the fact, the first people to have screamed about cheating would be the Jackie Robinson parents who would have been pissed off because their child hadn't been picked.

AntonioMoore1
AntonioMoore1

Mr billmac 1 obviously you havent been in the black community because whatever you think we feel we're entitled to is definitely not being given to us because we have nothing. And on top of that we're being given very little opportunity to gain anything. Last time i checked there are more white people on warefare than black

AntonioMoore1
AntonioMoore1

So what do you think blacks are genetically inferior to whites. Or maybe its because now just like for the last 400 years we have been consistently shut out of the process politically and ib the business world

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

You sound like you have chronic bitter loser disease. You might want to have that checked. I thought all that "change" you got the last eight years would have fixed that

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

You're really funny. You made me laugh out loud with with wonderful fairy tale story of a world you wished you lived in

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

Show me the stats brother and stop drinkin the Schlitz malt liquor aka "the worlds out to get you" kool-aid.

BillMac1
BillMac1

@AntonioMoore1  You have nothing!!! Who is running just about every major city, and currently who is running the country?. Affirmative Action enables every black person to get an unfair advantage over every white person on every job. BTW, I was a building inspector in the lovely African American communities of Philly, Camden and Trenton, along with every beautiful area in between, so I know, as I have been in literally thousands of African American homes and dealt with many in housing projects too. I could go on for hours with stories of what I seen within those walls, and many I found to be working people with nice homes inside, outside not so nice, but many were given their breaks with Affirmative Action, which is a racist policy. Welfare is needed by all races, and is abused by many, but lets you and me take a walk down the streets under the EL in Philly around Kensington Ave, or along Market St. in W. Philly and then try to have a more legitimate conversation about what is going on in the majority of African American communities controlled by Democrats.  BTW I am an Independent voter who looks at candidates based on strength of character and their ability to help the community as a whole, not special interests. .

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

That's because blacks are only 13% of the population. If you were educated you'd know blacks are 8 times more likely to have been in prison and 12 times more like to have been on government assitance. That was probably whitey's doing also. The other 87% of the population loves when you waste their money on food stamps and new prisons. Back away from your phone until you get an education.

CherylDarby
CherylDarby

Obama is not running the country. If you will recall, the day after his first election, Mitch MCConnell declared, "Our job (Republicans in Congress) is to make sure he gets nothing." Obstructionists rule, not Obama. The Affordable Care Act passed because some Republicans had to vote for it -- their constituents demanded it. The distepect shown to this President is unprecedented. It is shameful.

BillMac1
BillMac1

@CherylDarby  I didn't say how efficiently he, and every other African American in a predominately AA administration was actually running the government, I said they hold positions of top power. What they do with it is there and ultimately our problem. Try to have an open mind to the truth. 

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

So our prisons are full of innocent blacks? That makes perfect sense to me stat lady. If that were true then blacks would be burning this country down. I might join them because that's not a country I want to live in

CherylDarby
CherylDarby

So, does that mean that no Republicans signed up for it? Just think, when Republicans win the Presidency, their plan is to do away with Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. A number of right wingers think anyone receiving benefits from these programs is a free-loader. Oh, and, no matter how they like to be front and center to honor our vets, they also want to cut their benefits, too, while continuing to give tax breaks and exemptions to the wealthiest. If you think the have/have-not gap is wide now, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

CherylDarby
CherylDarby

Sorry, Obama won ladt two elections. Romney is the bitter loser, not me!

CherylDarby
CherylDarby

Yet, Kentuckians benefit most. Does the name Rand Paul ring a bell? His constituents are the biggest beneficiaries.

CherylDarby
CherylDarby

The largest non-white group in this country is Hispanic, not Black.

CherylDarby
CherylDarby

According to the FBI, in 2011 white people committed 6.58 million crimes, black people about 2.7 million. Whites were arrested more often for violent crimes. Of total crimes recordedin 2011,whites committed 69.2% and blacks 28.4%.

ShastaHeard
ShastaHeard

@NothingButTheTruf It is a proven fact that a Black man and a White man can commit the same crime, yet the Black man gets a punishment 3x harsher. How is that equality? Please let your racism show a little brighter.

jasper7788
jasper7788

@CherylDarby 

You seriously can't focus on one topic can you. How many times do you need to be proven wrong? You just jump to another topic.

I never said NO REPUBLICANS signed up for it. You first stated that Republican congressman voted in favor of the ACA because their constituents demanded it. I proved you wrong on that. Then you ranted about Kentucky and Rand Paul. Again you were wrong, Rand Paul wasn't even in congress when the ACA was passed. There are serious issues with a bill being passed when a congresswomen stands on national TV and say, "the bill has to be passed to find out whats in it!" Seriously? No, YOU need to do your job and ensure that the bill is going to work and know what's in it before you vote on it.

jasper7788
jasper7788

@CherylDarby The fact is you have no clue what you are talking about. Not sure what left wing liberal propaganda site you get your info from, but you may want to fact check before posting untrue info. The Republicans don't want to get rid of these programs they want to REFORM them as it should be, because the the programs are abused. There are people receiving benefits that shouldn't be. You can sit there and say that is not true all you want. However, when I'm in a supermarket and I see someone paying for food with food stamps while talking on their iPhone 6 and then getting into an Escalade there are major problems with the system. ALL these benefits programs need to be REFORMED. I am all for drug testing BEFORE you receive food stamps, welfare or any other government benefit. If you can't take care of yourself, it is not my responsibility as gainfully employed tax paying citizen to provide for you. If you are collecting food stamps, STOP HAVING KIDS. If you can't pay your own way and rely on the government to do it, then you shouldn't be rewarded for your BAD choices.

jasper7788
jasper7788

Might want to check your facts. ZERO republicans voted in favor of ACA. It was a 60-39 vote. 58 democrats and 2 independents voted in favor. 39 republicans voted against and 1 republican did not vote.

So NO REPUBLICANS voted in favor.

AudreyAkaye
AudreyAkaye

@AntonioMoore1  Remember it was Moslems that sold the blacks, you know the Islam practicing Moslems that O'bama sides with all the time.

AntonioMoore1
AntonioMoore1

Well i guess being consistently shut out of the process has its effect on a community

jasper7788
jasper7788

Yes I know Rand Paul. He WASN'T even in congress when the ACA was signed. So what the heck does that have to do with your original comment about Republican congressional members voting IN FAVOR of the ACA because their constituents demanded it???

Do you have a clue what you are talking about? Or are you just spewing propaganda?

JaneMarieHoward
JaneMarieHoward

Black people comprise about 13% of the population, which means a larger percentage of black people are on welfare than whites.

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

Shut out of what process? What planet are you living on? If you're talking about employment or influence in the community then get an education, have your children grow up in a family unit with a dad that is present and married to his mom. Truly care about your neighborhood. That's how your life and your children's life is going to get better. If you don't your children to go to model exactly what you've done and in 30 years nothing will have changed and they'll be complaining about the same things that you're complaining about right now

JaneMarieHoward
JaneMarieHoward

Say what? Thanks to Affirmative Action black people have been given opportunity on a silver platter.

AntonioMoore1
AntonioMoore1

I see you never spent a minute in a black community your complete ignorance shows that. Do your research look up how and why these low income communities were set up. Why you rarely see whites there its not because they are better or more upwardly mobile than blacks it's because the powers that be would rather put poor whites somewhere where they have a chance. And yes blacks do need to stop blaming whites for their problems and do for them selves. Stop waiting or asking for acceptance from a people who are never going to give it

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

Ghettos (low income areas) came from economic pressure. You have to live somewhere so you go where you can afford. This is a reality regardless of your color. The black communities don't get that they have to stop having unparented children who have short sided economical goals which keeps them in the ghetto. You hand most people in the ghetto $100,000 regardless of color and they will be back within 2 years. Hand outs aren't the solution. Parenting is the only solution. The family is the building blocks of society. Bad foundation, bad society.

NothingButTheTruf
NothingButTheTruf

Let me tell you my boo hoo story. I grew up in Bell Gardens CA. It's a rough lower income, high crime area that's all hispanic and maybe half of its citizens speak english. My dad has never made more than $13/hr. My mom worked part time here and there. My parents remained committed to keeping the family of 7 together even when it went easy. There's nothing amazing about me, but I had a great example of what matters most in life which is faith, family and hard work. Show me a black family that has those 3 values and you will see a family success story. I made it out. I have a small business that covers the bills of my family of 7 with a little extra. I also have no reason to ask or blame others for what I don't have.

BabyGeee1
BabyGeee1

@CherylDarby You can speak the truth all day but ignorance will deny, deny, deny! Don't waste your time on these trolls.