The Black Lives Matter movement


Calculators today, staplers tomorrow, next day desks. Or laptops. I can’t count how many schools around here have been broken into and had laptops stolen.

I wouldn’t even think there would be that much money in stolen laptops anymore.


Thieves tend to not believe they will be caught, and because they don’t think they’ll be caught, they don’t really pay attention to consequences.

The number one crime in many industries and at many places of work is employee theft, not just from the company but from other employees. These are people who will risk a criminal record, their job, and their reputation sometimes over stupid things like a bag of candy worth maybe 10 dollars. I’ve seen it happen.

If you’re in a room full of people, there’s probably a a thief in there. Their reasoning varies too, sometimes it’s because they feel wrong, some actually think it’s a victim-less crime, hey they’re insured, and others think it’s just a slap on a wrist. And it’s often like for so little, losing a 40k a year job for 1k that’s not even cash. Heck we just saw an article about nuns, freaking nuns, stealing from church, and I don’t think 6 cops with guns showed up to take them in, just in case.

Kids. You can often get through to them early on if you can get them before they get engulfed by the system. Fifty cent candy bars, a pack of cigarettes or a DVD that will be in a 5 dollar bin in a year.

I worked in a warehouse, every couple of days you’d see some cardboard box ripped open and one or two bags of candy, just expensive but really not impossible to get stuff taken… and the employees got great discounts and this was after years when they used to get slightly less perfect stuff away. They had to stop doing it because the security, again not police, security guards couldn’t tell the difference between what an employee was allowed to take and what was being stolen. If they were caught, they were escorted off the premises and fired. That was it.


“Oh sure, now he’s a little boy stealing toys. But someday, he’ll be a grown man. Stealing stadiums, and… quarries.”


Here’s the story that this kid originally presented, which i found unbelievable:
“This cop didn’t like me, and had a search warrant issued over a calculator, which I didn’t even steal!”

When in reality, now, by his own admission, the actual story is:
“I actually did steal a calculator, and my friend stole an entire cart of calculators, and everyone was stealing them. The cop got a search warrant based on the fact that the school was losing a bunch of electronics.”

Those are two dramatically different stories.


Yes, that is a referee forcing a young man to cut his hair.


Article blocked by subscription prompt, but do they not wear helmets there?


They do, there is a twitter video linked in the WaPo article of the match where they are wearing the headgear:


The kids had headgear and a cap, but the ref ruled that the cap wasn’t good enough.

The ref is a racist dick.

The kid cut his hair voluntarily and won the match, and the ref has been suspended pending review. Hopefully he loses guys job, and faces a lawsuit for violating the kid’s civil rights.

I applaud the kid for denying the dickhead any power over him though.


As a guy who has reffed a number of high school sports over the years and who has had to make kids change clothes, remove jewelry, and change shoes before they can play, my first instinct was to give the ref the benefit of the doubt. And as an guy who wrestled back in high school (this was during the McKinley administration), I remember that the rules about long hair, long finger nails, jewelry, and uniforms are pretty strict because during a match, pretty much everything will get grabbed and pulled.

But then there was this line from the article:

The referee was identified in news reports as Alan Maloney, who drew news media coverage in 2016 after a dispute with a black referee. The referee said at the time that Maloney, who is white, called him the n word during an argument, an accusation which Maloney said he did not remember, but did not dispute, according to the South Jersey newspaper the Courier-Post.

Nope. Fuck that guy.


Frankel, the reporter who captured the hair cut on camera, was criticized for his framing of the incident.

He had described Johnson as the “epitome of a team player,” setting up the story as one of a generous player making a sacrifice for his team. He later apologized because, he wrote, he had “missed the bigger picture.”

Forgot to emphasis this, this reporter at least relatively quickly realized he was wrong about suggesting this has anything to do with a player sacrificing for his team. This was racism. Plain and simple. It seems doubtful they’ll do much since I think they mentioned he might of read the rules correctly or something.


However, he never had an issue in any other match officiated by any other ref. Not a single other ref saw it as a problem. Scumbag white dude trying to stick it to black kid with really nice dreadlocks. I’m sure it took years to get his dreads to that point too.

At any rate, the rules specifically stated the special cap was fine for lengthier hair. The ref decided to ignore that codified rule.


It’s a start.


It looks like the school district is ready to take a stand but not the group that provides the rules and the referees; I think they’re the same.

“Regulations regarding hair length and legal hair covers for wrestlers are provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations,” a statement from the organization reads. “At this point NJSIAA is working to determine the exact nature of the incident.”

What’s extremely frustrating about this is it’s a room full of adults, a lot of people watching, and they still let it happen in the first place. He still had to go through that.


I know, where was his coach?


It’s hard to argue with the ref. Even bad calls are final until much much later.


This isn’t just a bad call; it’s racism.


I don’t know what his coach did. However, it seems like it was an opportunity to step up and adult. Say, “Nope, we’d rather lose this meet than have this child cut his hair for you.” There are things more important than winning a high school meet and the coach should have made that clear to his/her athletes.


And if the kid wanted to play, no matter what?


He’s a child. As mentioned above, sometimes the adults have to do the adulting. What happened, should not have happened. And there was ample opportunity to do that here. Someone knew it was wrong enough to record pretty much the whole dang thing.

Every adult in that place should have stood up to that ref. And if he did not back down, leave with their kids and their teams in tow.


That’s sports. The Ref makes the final call. The kid wanted to wrestle. I don’t know if it was the right call, but he elected to wrestle and win.

After the fact, there will be consequences, but until then, I am not sure there was a right or wrong call when it comes to the actions of the kid or the coach. You just don’t have a lot of options.

After the fact, there is a lot you can do though, and should. Action is being taken. It’s a pretty big deal, but what you suggest would have not helped the situation.