Slovakia Gets It Right, Can MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL et al Ever Get It Right?

Slovakia Gets It Right, Can MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL et al Ever Get It Right? It can be simple: Racism is wrong. Racism in any and all forms will not be acceptable. Racism will not be tolerated. Ever. Period. Slovakia gets it right.

Teams, players, Commissioners, families, owners, coaches, staff, broadcasters, fans--how can you keep looking for justifications for your cowardace? Silence condones the status quo. Speak up. Make the changes, do the right thing, not because you are somehow giving in, somehow doing what "they" say to do, or "they" say not to do but because it is the decent, human, respectful, honorable and right thing to take actioin. Fire racism. Change the names, logos, mascots and all representations that are racist  and associated with any of the teams. Change the owners when necessary. 

Mr. Larry Dolan, Mr. Paul Dolan, Mr. Mark Shapiro--can you give one legitimate reason not to change the Cleveland team name and logo--other than  the unbelievably weak "tradition" or perhaps "profits", or perhaps you personally each "don't see anything wrong with it" or your own individual and maybe joint fear of public or even private social reaction? Really? It is time for a mirror check--you, in your own mirror and the mirror of each of your consciences. 

Tell me, tell the world, tell your children and grandchildren that for the sake of pride, ego, sheer stubbornness you stood down everyone and "did it your way"--do you each really think the world is going to honor that choice and your following generations will be pleased that they have to answer for your intransience, that they have to find the courage you lack to do what you failed to do? It is not the 19th century, the 20th century or even the first decade of the 21st century. Your actions in 2014 are indefensible. The world has, in fact, changed.

It is simple: do the right thing and stop profiting from the name of a race of people(the reasoning behind the name is described elsewhere in this blog and from its origins until today it is wrong, factually, ethically and morally) and a demeaning, degrading and insulting racist caricature. Do not look to find apologists, do not look to poll a committee or a community or a board of directors. Do not look to clergy, academia or marketers for quidance. The clergy are occupied elweshere with their own faiulres and issues, academia is facing the digital evolution in education and marketers will do as you ask since you employ them.

For once take the lead, open a discussion with those of us who have pressed this issue forward for years and start the conversation not with a question as to how you can profit from the change but rather how you can do the change of both name and logo in a way that gives the change truth, respect and dignity for all involved.

I have asked this of you before and here I ask yet again: begin the conversation with those of us formally involved, now.

That question about how to increase profits and the change--check the transcripts from the deposition I personally participated in during the OCRC filing against Gateway and the team, your team--your lawyers asked it of me, just before we adjourned and the transcriptionist should have had it on the record. I had ideas and a plan then and still do have ideas as to how the change can be profitable today. However, I deferred, very deliberately on the answer, as I will here. That is a conversation for an entirely different setting but as businessmen I would certainly think you also have ideas on the subject. The courage to tackle the issue? That I have not yet seen, anywhere, ever, at all.

From Slovakia:

"One of the faces of the public-service RTVS sports desk, Kristína Kormúthová, was sacked after she posted a controversial comment on her Facebook profile on May 16. Kormúthová wrote on Facebook that a man who, according to her, tried to steal the rain gutter from her house at night was “a prematurely born, stinky gypsy” and asked why “us hunters” cannot shoot such people like animals. She concluded, “And let anyone dare call me a racist!”"  She is now fired, because of the statement. More on the link above.

That is leadership and integrity in action. Can we have it here in American sports, in the National Pastime?

Where Real Change Can Start--Today

Something to Consider AND A Needed Change I live near Cambridge, the city outside Boston where Harvard is located and whichis mentioned in the link. More change than highlighted here is needed: the parking on the streets in Cambridge is so cramped and scarce(and Harvard does not seem to build either new parking facilities or dorms) that parking spaces, just like student body acceptance places are “legacy.”

The point of the article, that social stratification is real, is long overdue. It happens worldwide and in all ethnic, social and racial communities. I personally would like to see the concept of "race" replaced by our identity as human beings and just maybe race re-identified as simply skin color, as we have eye color, hair color, height, weight. But we have to start where we are for that to happen. Any demographers, US Census folks who happen to read this, other writers, scholars--and even those who profit from the concept of race--think ahead and lead the change: no mare racial classification, change the datas point to skin color. Sould be rather interesting

Social acceptance, being part of the in crowd, the “right kind” of person is so fraught that I have a new suggetion: all legacy acceptances require at least a one generational skip–if either parent was accepted at any school they could not have their child accepted at the same school–perhaps a grandchild could apply but the grandparents could not pay the tuition(however creatively the accoutants and lawyers would try to mask the source of the funds). Moving to fully state financed education would take more time, of course but this could be a good start since the truth is: we neeed smart, diverse people to thrive in our smart, leading edge modern economy. Old family ties are less relevant to success than they have ever been throughout history–real success that is. Our world is networked and connected like never before so we all do need new solutions and new ways of approaching what were long established “norms.” Rebranding society, success and what is seen as social prominence(and economic/political/et al) would be a good place to start.