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Guess Why This Michigan School Demolished Their Boys’ New Baseball Bleachers

A lesson in the new Americanism: equal poverty for all.

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Rhonda Robinson

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April 8, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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Parents of the Plymouth Wildcats had a hard time watching their high school boys play baseball through the chain-link fence that obstructed their view. So they took the traditional American approach to the problem–they worked hard, earned the money to buy raised-deck seating, and then pulled together and installed the seats for all to enjoy.

These parents fully expected the time and sweat they invested in making their own lives a little better would also become an inheritance for future parents to enjoy for many years to come. In the past, that would have been right, good and honorable.

That is no longer the case in an era where the morality of the elite rules the day. It was “not fair” to the girls.

In the process of dismantling a high school cheering section, the U.S. Department of Education has taught Michigan a real life lesson in the new American brand of social Marxism, one that young parents need to learn and understand well. We now have a higher order of right and wrong that is sanctioned by the state.

This sad state of affairs began when one useful idiot person complained to the U.S. Department of Education that it wasn’t fair that the boys had better seating than the girls. Did I mention that the parents of the boys also bought a new scoreboard? Apparently, that wasn’t fair either–and so it was thus decreed:

“As a resolution to the district’s violation of longstanding Title IX requirements to offer equal athletic opportunities to both boys and girls, the Department’s office of Civil Rights (OCR) accepted the district’s voluntary agreement to address this inequality by constructing necessary improvements to the softball field, or demolishing the baseball structure, or some combination of both. The final decision on how best to comply with the law was made by the district. OCR’s preference from the beginning, was for the district to construct a similar structure for the girls’ softball team.” – U.S. Department of Education spokesperson

Since the school claimed it had no funds for improvements, the girls’ team obviously doesn’t have parents willing to work for it, and the one who “cares” only wanted to whine–the new raised-seating area was demolished under the guise of fairness and equality.

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This incident reminds me somewhat of something that happened when I was at college. A woman in that city was unhappy when a neighbor's cat peed in her yard and demanded that the city council do something. The city council immediately passed a bylaw insisting that all cats in the entire city be leashed when they were out. (I don't remember what was supposed to happen to unleashed cats that were found outdoors but I assume there was SOME consequence for it.) It still boggles my mind that laws affecting a whole city and thousands of people get written for a single trifling event. In my view, the city council should have simply refused to act. But they let themselves be pressured into acting and changed the entire culture of the city (in a minor way) over the act of one cat (and the human who let it out).

In my opinion, the committee that tore the bleachers down should have done nothing at all. Or figured out a way to share the bleachers with the girls. Tearing the bleachers down was simply destructive and helped no one.

Which reminds me of another example from real life. Parents in one city had set up a very elaborate system of after school activities organized and monitored by parents in their city. Parents were fully engaged and kids were having a wonderful time. Sounds great, right? Well, the unions were upset because the (non-union) parents were doing stuff for free that they felt should be done by union members (for full pay, of course) so they launched a grievance. The school board sided with the union and cancelled the whole program since they couldn't afford the money the union members wanted for doing what the parents did for free. A classic lose-lose scenario, except, I suppose, that the union got to show some muscle and prove that it still had power, even if that power was purely destructive.
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Reminds me of the joke that comedian Louis C.K. tells about how crazy his kids can be. It goes something like this:
"My oldest daughter broke one of her toys and she was upset, so she demanded I break one of her sister's toys, so it would be FAIR. And I did."
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Wait what? Boys play baseball and girl play softball? What's fair in that?
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I demand the Astronomy Club have equal funding as baseball.

Nerds have needs, ya know [ I used to be one ;-) ]
20 weeks ago
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Someone call Charlie Martin.

The fact is, it's now "fair". The over-arching morality of the problem is meaningless, so long as the state did what it said and said what it did.
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End state schools
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Could not the facility work for both boys and girls?
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Exactly. I see no reason that boys and girls couldn't both have played baseball on the same diamond. If the teams/leagues are segregated, the boys' and girls' games obviously couldn't be at the same time but they could flip a coin or something for use of the diamond for any given game. Or they could be really egalitarian and play on co-ed teams. What the heck would be wrong with that?

While I agree that the dismantling of the bleachers was the stupidest possible solution to this dubious problem, the REAL problem is a lack of imagination in letting the kids share the new facilities.
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Yeah. What's up with that? Did the new bleachers have to accommodate penises or something?
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"OCR’s preference from the beginning, was for the district to construct a similar structure for the girls’ softball team.”

I'm sure it was their preference - they had no responsibility to pay for it. It's past tine to tell these idiots to go home and stop screwing around in everybody else's business.
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