Sherrie Noble

Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights The United Nations has found  "the use of stereotypes obscures understanding of the reality of Native Americans today and instead help to keep alive racially discriminatory attitudes." Last month the owner of the Redskins was again challenged to reconsider his position on the team name

This week the state of relations between the First Nations and Canada have again come under critical review and been found wanting. This parallels findings to some extent of the Special Rapportuer when he was examining the situation in the USA. He clearly outlined standards: "Private actors also have responsibilities independently of the States' obligation to promote and protect human rights," Mr. Anaya said.  http://unsr.jamesanaya.org/statements/usa-redskins-team-mascot-hurtful-reminder-of-past-suffering-of-native-americans 

MLB teams are in Canada and the USA, both have indigenous peoples still living in communities with rights of self-governance and MLB still continues to claim the name and logo in Cleveland are neither racist nor contributors to racism. Are these claims honestly true?

Nobody Really Cares About Racism?

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If you are a Native American, if you are an American, if you are a person--isn't racism always racism?

We all share one home, earth, and one race, the human race. It is time for everyone to respect everyone. Change ALL team names that are of a "race" of people, all mascots and logos that depict "races" of people. We can and really should find new and exciting ways to enjoy supporting our teams.

Racism Is Racism Is Racism

Racism Is Racism Is Racism Subban NHL

Boston, how far you have fallen. After the Bruins were defeated in a Stanley Cup playoff series game on Thursday the Twitterverse lit up with racism. From the Boston fans. Because the Canadiens player P.K. Subban has dark skin. His parents moved from the Caribbean to Canada decades ago. P.K. was born in Canada.

Boston has a proud history of racial equality and a shameful history of racism. The response to this week's events by the NHL is positive yet weak. Hoping there will be change, labeling racists as racist, classless, and ignorant is an important step. The next step requires action. What will the Bruins actually do now? What can they do?

They can contribute directly to educational programs in Boston city schools. They can work with the other major sports teams, the Red Sox and the Patriots to develop school programs for all of Massachusetts' schools, public and private, preschool through university level teaching the history of racism in sports. Only then will their words have meaning.

“I share the thoughts of Cam and the organization. It’s just poor judgment, poor taste, and we don’t associate ourselves with people like that,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “People who act that way are not what we call our fans. They may think they are, but we certainly don’t support that. It’s a shame that this is still going around in this day and age that people are still thinking that way. For us, it’s a shame. As I mentioned, it’s certainly not getting our support on that one.”

Boston left winger Milan Lucic also commented:

‘It's very, very disappointing to hear that,’ he said. ‘It's really sad that people do something like that… To criticize someone about something that has nothing to do with hockey on an issue like that is very ignorant and stupid if you asked me."

A good beginning. Only a beginning.

 

 

 

The NBA Has Done a Good Thing, MBL, Your Turn Is Now

The NBA Has Done a Good Thing, MBL, Your Turn Is Now Congratulations to the NBA, Commissioner Silver, Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacremento, Eric Garcetti, Mayor of LA and the entire Clipper's organization for banning, judging and condeming team owner Donald Sterling for his admitted racist comments. The maximum allowable punishments are a god and strong first step. Yet selling his team at a massive profit can still leave Sterling laughing all the way to the bank. The game and the country needs a better outcome. It is about America.

Adam Silver

MBL are you listening? Commissioner Selig, team owners Larry Dolan, family, staff and management, Mayor Jackson, Council President Kelley: in Cleveland you are all, each and every one of you, supporting a racist team with a racist logo, officially.

As I have said before, I am willing to sit at a table with you for a conversation around steps to build change and move away from prejudice, hatred, bigotry into a better future.

Here a Racist Billionaire, There a Racist Billionaire!

Today in the accusations that NBA L.A. Clippers' team owner Donald Sterling is a racist, based on the release of a tape of his alleged statements it was not so much the racism that caught my eye but one other comment he allegedly made: "but don't put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me." (Italics mine)  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/27/us/nba-team-owner-alleged-racist-remarks    Image

I find myself wondering--so who has to call him? Sterling is a self-made billionaire according to Forbes. He may be a twisted individual, he may like the ownership and management style, such as it is, in the NBA, he may like the fame in the NBA but that throwaway line is certainly an odd one.

I'd be happy to say it is in Sterling's head if I didn't know that the Cleveland MLB team owner Larry Dolan said something similar in a conversation with Oberlin College students when he was a trustee there. He said he would be said to "have given in" to the protesters it he changed the name and logo. Who would be making that particular accusatory statement to him, a lawyer and a billionaire? Is not such a man well enough positioned in the world to be able to make his own choices, do as he pleases, do what he knows in his head and heart is both the good and the profitable thing to do?

Here's my thought--somehow these owners are not totally tone-deaf to morally right positions BUT they are also very aware they live in society and society for them has a particular culture. More from the tape today, allegedly Sterling talking:

"It isn't a question -- we don't evaluate what's right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture," the man replies:"

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Evidently for some reason powerful men, billionaire major sports' teams' owners see the society and culture they live within as all but endorsing and requiring racism. Still. Today. There is one way for these powerful men to disprove this: they do the right thing, and yes, if done right, the profitable thing and change the name and logo, starting in Cleveland. And in L.A.? I'll leave that solution in the capable hands of the NBA.

Only One Team....It Is Still Wrong

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Cleveland–the only MLB team with an irrefutably racist team name.

  • Racism:  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. 
  • Racist: a person or action supporting racism, having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another
  • Race: each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics

 

The team, the City anf MLB deserve the balck eye on the lake. 

Hate Mail & Hank Aaron

Hate Mail & Hank Aaron Hank Aaron is working for the Atlanta Braves, still identifying racism through the hate mail he personally receives and the low number of African American players on the MLB rosters. Both situations are deplorable. Both situations are troubling.

I wonder, how much of both are tied to the fact that the MLB still endorses racism through the team identities exploiting Native Americans? Fans, seeing racism supported against one race, can easily believe MLB is racist, underneath public declarations otherwise.

Behavior and actions speak far louder than words.

Question Of The Day

If a white businessman or businesswoman started a business can called it "N***...s Are Great" and used a silly cartoon person as the logo while claiming to honor people of color because of the "Great" in the name do you thinnk that would be OK? If so why? If not, why not? Image

Dolan family, this is essentially what you are doing with the Cleveland Indians and Chief Wahoo. I am saying this as an American woman, an active member of my church and a mother. This is about all of us and basic human decency and respect, by everyone for everyone. The basic respect of one human being for another is the foundation of a decent society and a good country.

Mr. Larry and Mr. Paul Dolan it is for you to look in the mirror and at each other and conside, for yourselves, your team, your community and your families across the generations: are you part of what is a good future for America or are you part of the problem? I ask the same question for all team owners, players, staff and the MLB organization itself.

 

We Do Not Understand What we Do Not see

We Do Not Understand What We Do Not See

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A recent poll shows the difference between perceptions of violence, prejudice and discriminatioin based on race and points out America is more segregated than in the late 19960s, before bussing in schools. People who live in mixed race neighborhoods are less prejudiced than those surrounded by only people of their own race.

Cleveland has a quilt of neighborhoods--but they are becoming more and more narrow. Open the debate on the name and logo Mr Mayor Jackson, Council President Kelley and all of City council--increase  understanding and educate an entire new generation in accurate history and real understanding.

MLB, it is time to change up the team lineup. Together we all can make this happen.

Season For Change

Image Hello MLB, Cleveland baseball fans and team supporters everywhere. This is the beginning of the season of change. We can embrace it, get excited by it and make it happen. Together. Something to be proud of. For everyone.

  • One way to get attention is to generate media buzz. Do it!
  • One way to get attention is to speak up. Do it!
  • One way to get attention is to show team support by buying team colors but not team sponsorship merchandise. Do it!

Be proud, Be happy. Be the power of change.

Do it!

Opening Day Cleveland MLB 2014

This letter has gone to the Cleveland PD and the entire country now. It is another day of wrong that need not happen. We can and must do better. April 4, 2014

Dear Cleveland Plain Dealer Editors,

Today we are asking the fans and the owners, Larry Dolan and the Dolan family, the players and the team management and the full leadership of MLB to step up to the plate and do the right thing: Change the Cleveland MLB team name and logo. Using the identity of a proud race of people for profit is wrong. Exploiting a racist identity is wrong. Keeping a relic of our shared racist past in front of children today perpetuates that violently horrible type of thinking and is wrong.

Here in Cleveland many have debated, discussed and argued over this team name and mascot, for decades. We have been involved in those discussions, those demonstrations and the formal legal filings. Yet this issue is not really one in need of court decisions—it belongs in the hearts of the fans throughout MLB and the good people of Greater Cleveland.

The team has had other names in the past, many MLB teams have. Today, with Opening Day arrived at our doorstep for the 2014 MLB Cleveland Season it is time to move forward, retire the name, create a new logo and give the team, the players and all of those who love America’s pastime something to be proud of, the courage shown by doing the right thing.

We ask everyone to come together, with good will, decency and integrity and create a new team name and a new logo. We can move beyond yesterday, make today a good day and build a better tomorrow.

 

Sherrie Noble  J.D. and Robert Roche