CHICAGO - In a city that is as racially divided as Chicago, the players of Jackie Robinson West were able for a short time to bring everyone together as they rooted for them. But now that their title has been stripped, issues of race have reemerged.
But support for the 13 young men who played their hearts out last summer is strong.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he called the President of Little League International and asked him to reverse the decision.
"I said that the kids that played, they revealed their character on the field and they revealed their character off the field," Emanuel said.
Rev. Jesse Jackson is also calling on Little League International to reverse it's decision. If not, he says he's considering taking legal action.
"To imply that they were involved in something scandalous is not right," Jackson said.
In the meantime, Jackson will hold what he's calling a "Reaffirmation of Championship" ceremony Saturday morning for the JRW players.