Why did you do it? Why didn’t you ignore it?
Those are a couple of questions I got in the aftermath of my Warren DeLaSalle-Detroit Martin Luther King column in today’s Detroit News. I did not write as much about the game as what was happening outside the game. King blew out the Pilots 72-50 and the outcome was totally unexpected. I expected a close game. It didn’t happen and King fans began the usual Good Bye chants.
The DeLaSalle student section was frustrated because its team did not win. It fired back with a “We have a future.” You could see the shock on the faces of the cheerleaders and some of the fans who sat nearby. I sat near mid court and two guys next to me said: “What did they say?”
I saw anger and one guy said he wanted to go over there and threaten the students’ future. Meanwhile a guy wearing Pilots purple lectured the group. You could tell he was angry.
This was real life playing out in front of me and an issue I did not want to ignore. I wrote the column because I want people to understand the society in which we live. Class, economics, race, social standings still play a role in how we view people and what we think of them. It has been pointed out to me that DeLaSalle students poke fun of economics at poor suburban students. But does that make it right?
A lot of people are struggling and why make fun of their them? The neighborhood around King High School has struggled for years. There are abandoned houses, drug dealers and crime. I admire the kids walk through the carnage and get an education. Their commute to school is a lot tougher than the commute to DeLaSalle.
I wrote on my face book page that people are mean to each other. This is another prime example. I am not here to give you the happy stats of sports all the time. I want you to be aware of the world you live in. And I want to send a message to some of the DeLaSalle students. You don’t know how many people wanted to walk over to the stands and threaten your future. But they let the anger subside and simply went home.