Little League World Series…
Although baseball was my first love as a kid and I still love playing it now (even though it’s pretty rare), I could never really watch it on TV…except for the Little League World Series.
My earliest memories of watching this series, which happens at the end of August, go back as far as 4th or 5th grade. Even back then, I always cheered for the non-U.S. team. First, I never agreed with the idea that a U.S. team automatically qualified for a spot in the championship game. The winter and summer olympics don’t guarantee a medal to the host country, so why should a team from the U.S. be guaranteed a chance at a Little League World Series championship?
More importantly, I think the main reason why I cheered for the non-U.S. team was because they generally looked like me (people of color). Now that I’m older and more politicized, I’m able to apply a deeper analysis of why I felt the way I did as a 10 year old, but as a child I had no concept of politics, world history, colonization, imperialism, etc. Well…maybe I was more progressive than I thought.