On Wednesday, Jesse Jackson accused Little League International of persecuting Chicago’s Jackie Robinson Little Leaguers after the organization stripped the team of its United States championship for using players from outside of the district’s boundaries.
“This is persecution,” Jackson reportedly said at a Wednesday press conference. “This is not right, it is unnecessary and it is not fair.”
Liberal Chicago Pastor Michael Pfleger also claimed racism at the press conference, responding, “I definitely believe racism is a part of this.”
“You need to reverse your decision and you need to do it now,” Pfleger added.
Venisa Green, a mother of one of the Jackie Robinson Little League players, said that “it is amazing to me that whenever African-Americans exceed the expectations, that there is always going to be fault.”