Another day, another story about racism in the lacrosse community. (Angry Face). This time, Deadspin picked up a story out of the Dakotas where three teams in the Dakota Premier Lacrosse League (DPLL) who are predominately Native American were expelled by the league administration.
Members of all three teams say they have experienced severe racial abuse from other DPLL players, parents, and referees, and they allege they were kicked out of the league because Mitchell [League Admin] was uninterested in addressing their allegations of racial abuse.
A couple of tidbits:
Coaches said playing lacrosse has made a tangible difference in the lives of many Native students, and that the racism and discrimination they’ve faced poses a threat to those gains.
“We play this for the Creator, for our ancestors,” said one player. “But now Corey [Mitchell] has taken us away from the league. It’s hard to think about. But we still play. We still practice. We still play the Creator’s Game. And that’s enough for now.”
Racism: Ignore it… And it won’t go away.
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