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Power, Shredding the Shrouds of Secrecy

Power, Shredding the Shrouds of Secrecy

An aerial view of the stadium within the city's park

What will the future of MLB be, decisions starting yesterday.....

The process, exposed, well almost. As revolutions, coups and global power players put the lives of little girls at risk can American leaders find a better way forward for the MLB than the old ways of secrecy and private decisions? That method simply does not work. ask the Czars, much of Frency royalty, and currently the thai royal family.

I have heard power is never given, it is taken. I disagree. For leaders who truly have integrity, who live at basic awarness of their strengths and weaknesses, for men and women who have climbed the ladders of accomplishment and success in any walk of life and even for royalty who insist on experiencing the world as it exists, not as filtered to them, an internal courage is grown over time.

Life has no guarantees. Wealth, health, power are never assured. But when handled with respect and trustworthiness, with decency and compassion more good decisions will arise, good for all involved.

The NYT reporter, Michael S. Schmidt, is obviously on someone's inner circle. Mr. Selig--consider him your friend, because he is. Mr. Manfred, he is yours too. The same for you, Mr. Reinsdorf. Thank you all for the courage you have shown, for being in the game. Now, find a table, as some public place and have a conversation, find a new, inclusive and open way forward. Are you each brave enough, wise enough to do this? Make it in Boston and I'm happy to join you.

 

Redface Insults Every Real Fan, Player, Manager, Team and Owner in the MLB

Redface Insults Every Fan, Player, Manager Team and Owner in the MLB Last week at the Wild Card playoff game in Cleveland, Ohio these fans highlighted the worst in the sport, the city and America: racial stereotypes used to minimize, dehmanize and inslut an entire group of people. I am NOT an American "Indian" but I am native to the United States of America. I am an American woman. I have been born and raised here, raised my family here and proudly call myself a citizen. I also love baseball--but not these people. In the world we share today, linked, connected and entwined in all ways they are clueless.

Fans? Try embarassments. To the players, the real team supporters, the team owners and all of MLB management: it is time for a change. You can and must do better. Are you going to keep your collective heads in the sand, clining to a romanticized past that never was or wake up and move into the world we share today, as in right now? History is what happened yesterday--the future is what you build today so are you building something thriving and vibrant, strong and exciting or complacently watching something quickly crumbling to dust?

If they wore black face, impersonated Pope Frances in a degrading manner or presented as any other religious figure in a well recognized uniform, or dressed in military uniforms--or half uniforms-- and acted outrageously they most likely would have been removed. For their own safety and that of the others in the stands. In England and elsewhere riots happen in the stands and on the fields over team rivalries. Assuming today that this cannot occur here mostly attests to the professional care and efficiency of most security personnel, their policies and their training. Yet even permitting the seeds of violence to be sown is flagrantly irresponsible. The current Cleveland MLB team name and Chief Wahoo do just that. Why is it permitted to continue?

Do not ignore this racism since one way or another it draws attention. as it should. Value judgments based upon birth identity is wrong. Positive attention is good, negative attention fuels hatred, anger and hostility. We all know the type of consequences which those feelings can create so, for once team owners and management, be proactive, be leaders.

Fans, wear team colors but do not purchase any official MLB merchandise, for any team, anywhere and write to the team management to let them know why you are not helping them profit. Find solid charities working in the Native American communities and work with them, make donations and draw attention to the real issues faced daily on the tribal lands. Owners--find your leadership intestinal fortitude and personal strength and make the needed changes. You might discover your strongest critics now will be your most vocal supporters once they see a good change happen(and your profits increase). Media--keep the exposure on, tell the true stories, profile management, players and owners, throughout the MLB. Show and tell the realities in the locker rooms, the board rooms, the country clubs and the fan sites.

America's pastime deserve change. Baseball deserves and needs real integrity. Cleveland deserves the best. This is not even close. We can and must do better.

Worldwide Racism & Bias Is Right Here At Home: Do You Have A Plan

“There is no understanding of the real situation by the authorities or the general public,” he said. “We as Romanians want to have someone else to blame for our own mistakes, and the Roma people are our own scapegoats. If we blame them, maybe we will look better in our own eyes and in the eyes of the world community.” http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/breaking-through-walls-of-bias/?hp The last sentence says it all–keep the focus off the racist and biased people to increase standing, importance and sense of power among the racist, biased people. It provides a distraction and under the guise of the enemy of my enemy is my friend builds a sense of group unity. The title however is a bit deceiving: since the only breakthrough is the taking of pictures.  Education and information changes things  and people and a plan is needed.  I like this interview John Duffy of 3C Interactive, on Inspiration and Aspiration – NYTimes.com

I am suggesting everyone concerned about racism and bias make a plan for the next 100 days, no matter who wins any US election, for what they will do with real actions to build understanding and confront racism and bias whenever and wherever they find it. It does not matter if you are young or old, a man or a woman, a child or an adult, you can start making a difference. Today.  Part of my plan includes posting here every day for the next 100 days, finding ways to publicize this site, writing letters to both politicians and business leaders and setting up the final version, with artwork included of the teaching tool, Story of the Chief ( found at    http://www.storyofthechief.com/ )Will you join me in this? What’s your 100 day plan to really make something different in a good way?

Racism in the Major League Baseball business, in 2012.

Americans are a mix of many people, from many places but using the identity of a any race of people for profit is exploitive and wrong. Chief Wahoo is a cartoon caricature, demeaning and silly, and should have no place in a city with the long and proud history of Cleveland. It is time for a modern, honorable and positive team identity. Looking forward all players, fans and their children deserve better. It is time to start a new tradition, for Cleveland, baseball and the entire following of the American national pastime. Wear the team colors to support the team and demand a change, from the team owners and from Major League Baseball leadership. There is one way to draw the attention of the owners: impact their profits. This can be done through media, as here, through refusing to attend or even spend time watching and discussing games and to refuse to support the MLB industry by buying everything and anything associated with the MLB franchises and baseball as a sport.

Personally I enjoy the game and would be happy to attend games--once the racism is dealt with effectively and thoroughly. By identifying the problem and speaking out against it I work toward justice and respect for everyone and do this as an American woman, representing only myself. However anyone wishing to join this effort is free to contact me here and join in the process of change.