Chicago 2013: Ritzy Public High School Forfeits Baseball Game on South Side Over Drive-By Fears

Eric Owens, Daily Caller, April 30, 2013

Over the weekend, a baseball game between two of Chicago’s best public high schools was canceled because parents with kids at a school on the North Side refused to allow their children to play about 15 miles away at a South Side school.

The game was to be part of a two-stop, day-night doubleheader on Saturday for Walter Payton College Prep High School. The first game—in the afternoon—was at Von Steuben High School, which, like Payton, is located on the city’s North Side.

The second game between Payton and the South Side’s Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Payton’s team never made it, though, because, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, a contingent of parents was worried their kids could get shot.

“About three, four parents [came] up to me saying they’re not letting their kids go down there,” Payton head coach William Wittleder told the Sun-Times.

“This is probably one of the most embarrassing moments I’ve had,” Wittleder added. “It’s very heartbreaking. This is totally against what I believe in.”

Other parents soon joined the protest and Wittleder eventually realized he wouldn’t have enough players to field a team.

Bryan Street, the head baseball coach at Brooks, told basically the same story to Fox Chicago.

“He said that one parent got all the other parents together collectively and said it would be hazardous to the kids’ health because they might have a drive-by in the neighborhood,” Street said.

“The parents were in fear of their kids’ lives due to we being in the heart of the ghetto,” added another Brooks coach, Herbert Redmond, according to Fox Chicago. {snip}


Brooks College Prep is a relatively dilapidated school in Roseland, an economically depressed neighborhood plagued by gang violence. In 2012, Brooks ranked fifth on Chicago magazine’s list of the city’s best public high schools. Just over 85 percent of the students come from low-income families.

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  • a multiracial individual

    1. I would be amazed if there were 9 Blacks in South Chicago that were interested in baseball.

    2. Of course the parents will be derided as bigots. The blame is always placed upon people who wish to avoid carnage, never upon the people who create the carnage sensible people wish to avoid.

    • The school that forfeited is 36% white, 25% black, 21% Hispanic and 17% Asian/PI. The school they forfeited to is 84% black, 13% Hispanic and 2% white. The video shows that the forfeitee school’s baseball team has some whites on it, even if the school itself is only 2%. The video also says that they lost both ends of a doubleheader, their first games after the forfeit game. I doubt that team is very good, so this win they got by way of forfeit, they should be thrilled to add one in the win column.

      East St. Louis HS fields a baseball team. Of course there are blacks that play it, it’s just that far fewer than one or two generations ago are interested in making a career of it.

      • Dean

        Then by these statistics, the school is pretty racially diverse. I bet is mostly middle and upper class class Blacks and White Hispanics and upscale Hispanics who attend the school.

        • At Ogden Elementary (3 blocks east), they have a gay straight club and support “Pride”. I often see a Bentley picking up one of the students. If you as a parent can afford a Bentley, your kid should be attending The Latin School, unless you just don’t care for it.

      • Dave4088

        I feel sorry for the 2% white in that school.

  • Dirty Dirk McGirk
    • ncpride

      Sheesh, why-oh-WHY can’t they ever say what they mean and mean what they say?! Cowards!

    • rebellisMMXII

      Next the south side team will be asking for reparations.

  • capnmorgan5150

    Saw this story on WGN a couple days ago. I don’t have any kids, but if I did there’s no way I’d let them play in that game. They could call me racist all they want, the kids safety has to come first. Seems like these black people are more concerned with calling whites racist than trying to make the neighborhood safer.

    • The__Bobster

      They like calling the cops racist even more……and then they demand to be protected.

  • Robert Binion

    Smart move. A mother was killed by crossfire here in Birmingham yesterday as she held her 10-day old child. Who are the true “deniers”? Whose business is it to conceal clear and omnipresent danger?

    • It’s the business of those groups that are working to commit GENOCIDE against white people. Maybe, just maybe, some parents are starting to realize the facts of today’s world – DIVERSITY = DEATH.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        There are too many non-White-on-White assaults, murders, robberies and rapes to cover up, even though the media are doing their dead-level best to cover up black and other non-White violence against Whites.

        About the only information we can get on this matter is from either the Internet or foreign press.

        Makes one think the America media are in on White genocide, doesn’t it?

        We already know the American government is on board.


        • “Makes one think the America media are in on White genocide, doesn’t it?”

          ABSOLUTELY! They all part of the Frankfurt School, anti-white, genocidal freak show.

  • PesachPatriot

    Its probably statistically safer playing baseball in the congo, zimbabwe or downtown damascus on a friday than the south side of chicago. A ball game where you aren’t being paid millions of dollars is hardly worth gambling your life over, i’d rather have a forfeit than an obituary….a first place cheap plastic trophy made in china means very little if your relatives have to pick out a casket the day after the game.

  • brengunn

    It is a fair decision to make. The safety of a child is paramount for any parent, or should be.

    I don’t know how likely a drive by shooting accident is but the sight of loads of white people driving into the ghetto is going to inspire at least some low level thievery, car breaking etc.

  • The__Bobster

    Now matter how much the media lie, the average White citizen knows the score.

  • bigone4u

    If the coach is too dumb to realize the danger his players would be in, he’s too dumb to coach them. Fire him. Against what he believes in–ha!

  • Payton is five blocks from where I live. The Cabrini row houses are one block west of it (yes Cabrini still exists to some degree), so it is no pristine area. There are bums that live all around the area of the row houses. Last time I walked in the area they had broken the “nut” end off a fire hydrant cover and had an eternal flowing spring into some type of old tub which they used for bathing, washing clothes, and drinking water.The garbage in empty lots in the area is unbelievable. The owner of one of the only stores in the area, two blocks west of Payton was murdered a few years back. It is 36% white, 25% black, 21% hispanic, and 17% Asian.

    Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory is in Roseland, which is one of the most unsafe neighborhoods in Chicago. It is 84% black and 13% hispanic. Being it has 781 students and is 2% white, there are 16 white kids.

    • MBlanc46

      I’d sure hate to be one of those white kids at GBCP.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      What you describe is becoming all too common: “Five blocks from where I live.”

      White areas are being surrounded by vile Section 8 housing with the government importing the savages into the area to terrorize Whites.

      This is being done by design and on purpose.

      I see it in my own area.

      Stay safe, friend, safe White areas are shrinking and becoming fewer and further apart, and the government CAN’T HAVE THAT! Any White areas left will be targeted by the government for “diversity” such as black Section 8 resettlement from urban cores and/or targeted as “safe havens” for dregs from Somalia and Sudan.


    • Funruffian

      How can any White person dwell in an environment where they are outnumbered by Blacks 50 to 1 by their own choice?

  • Lygeia

    The student have a legitimate concern about being shot in a dangerous neighborhood.

    The coach’s response that “this is the most embarrassing moment” he has ever had and that “he doesn’t feel that way” is so illogical it defines explanation.

  • Secret Tribunal

    “This is probably one of the most embarrassing moments I’ve had,” Wittleder added. “It’s very heartbreaking. This is totally against what I believe in.”

    Better Living Through Modern Racism translates anti racist psychobabble for you:

    “As bad as the possibility of a drive by shooting hurting or killing one of our White students or parents is, to foster racial suspicion, division, and segregation is worse, and any suggestion that questions institutionalized Diversity Is Our Greatest Strength, Inc., is so much worse, it’s a hate crime.”

  • Bill

    If there was a drive by, it would have been intentional not happenstance. And it would have targeted the white Northern team. Blacks just have their way about how they exhibit team spirit, and it usually involves a riot, or a gun. Somebody needs to get the Whittleder a new brain.

  • Ralph

    The times really are changing, and even many weak seed Whites are now realizing that their kids shouldn’t be part of dangerous social experiments and that it’s perfectly okay to stay with people like yourself.

    One imagines that just a couple of years ago the headline in the MSM would be something like: “White Racist (or White Supremacist) Parents Won’t Let their Kids Play with Blacks.”

    There is nothing to be gained by sending White kids to a ghetto area to play baseball, and there is much to lose.

    Stay White my friends. Stay White.

  • Aspiring rapper

    Coach Wittleder would rather see his players harassed, assaulted or shot than be “embarrassed”. What a pathetic groveling excuse for a man.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Agreed. He should be invited to take his talents elsewhere.

  • Todd

    The parents were in fear of their kids’ lives due to “WE” being in the heart of the ghetto,” added another Brooks coach, Herbert Redmond, according to Fox Chicago. , what English skills.

    Also how many whites have been beaten , raped or killed trying to prove they weren’t “racist

    • Alexandra

      I remember reading an article a couple of years or so back about this white woman that was raped by blacks, I think it was in Haiti. She was saying “You can’t do this, I’m a Malcolm X scholar” or something to that effect. (As if they care.)
      You know she was insane because she later wrote an article blaming the whole thing on white patriarchy. Huge facepalm!

      • Martel

        You are talking about Amanda Kijera

    • Martel

      When a white lady is a bit more careful when a few baggy pants negroes approach her, she can flip on the television later that night and hear THIS is the cause of blacks performing poorly.

  • MBlanc46

    Fifty years ago, Roseland was a prosperous working class neighborhood. Today it is one of the most poverty stricken and crime ridden. No one in his or her right mind would go there. Well done, parents.

  • refocus

    Look… this another text book example of White hated, xenophobia and prejudice.

    Next time these white bigots will probably burn a cross and lynch an innocent negro or undocumented worker.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Protecting one’s children from violent, feral, murderous beasts is neither hatred, xenophobia nor prejudice.


      • vladdy1

        It’s getting so I can’t tell if comments are self-parody and /sarc are real. Like the one above. They’re so over-the-top sometimes that you think they can’t possibly be serious.
        Then there’s the issue of pretending to decry prejudice and bigotry while being prejudiced and bigoted against white people. It’s all getting very weird.
        The first leftist I know — the hippies — were so peace ‘n’ love that they’d call somebody a “dick” and tell him to get lost if he started name-calling. Now they’ve adopted this slurring of people as their modus operandi. Yeah, weird.

      • Paleoconn

        Pretty sure this one’s sarcasm, Bon.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          I hope you’re right, it’s really hard to tell and we’ve had trolls on here before who were dead serious about their hatred of Whites and desire to eliminate us.

          I’ve seen lefty/black/Tim Wise-type sites where every comment is about fantasies of offing Whites and what a great world it will be after that.

          We know that Tim Wise is dead serious about eliminating Whites, he speaks of it all the time — and is paid six figures/year for this outrage.


    • Martel

      Its funny how difficult it is sometimes to recognize sarcasm regarding racial issues.
      You can’t really parody insanity, which is the driving force of political correctness as developed by the Frankfurt Schule. Political correctness in its current form was eagerly adopted by the student revolutionaries of the sixties who where applauding while black supremacists were assaulting white people. The PCO’s are still as twisted as they were back then.

      • vladdy1

        You may not believe this, but I wrote my comment and then went down and read yours. Great minds…..

  • vladdy1

    Two thoughts:
    Next time blacks complain about being stopped and searched in white neighborhoods, somebody remind ’em what we face in black ones.
    Now the elites MUST see why we don’t want “diversity,” right?

  • Funruffian

    “Other parents soon joined the protest and Wittleder eventually realized he wouldn’t have enough players to field a team.”
    If this coach isn’t Black he is either an idiot or a normal guy trying to CYA from looking like a “bigot’.

  • Funruffian

    This reminds me back when my brother was playing Frosh/Soph basketball in high school. During the 1979-80 season they were to compete with Pomona HS for the championship. Pomona High was roughly 75% Black. My brothers team won and so did the Varsity team, but it was an intense game filled with excitement. After our school won Pomona HS by 1 point, yes 1 point. The opposing crowd on the other side of the indoor stadium stood. They were entirely Black. They made their way across the floor and started threatening and rioting. It was pretty scary. The few cops available immediately intervened and had to escort my brother’s teammates to the bus ASAP. My brother was sucker-punched by some Black guy as they were shuffling to get out. When they arrived in the bus, the driver tore out of the parking lot as rocks were being hurled at the windows. The boys had to crouch on the bus floor to avoid getting hit. This incident was never reported on local media, TV or the newspapers.
    This craziness has been going on for years and now White people are starting to wake up from amnesia and realize it is becoming an everpresent circumstance for many of us.