Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

All White Basketball League

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I was really angry when I heard that a former pro wrestling promoter, by the name of Don “Moose” Lewis, was forming an all white basketball league. In order to be eligible to join the league players must be “natural-born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race”. Lewis is the supposed commissioner of the AABA (All American Basketball Alliance), and says that the new league will exclude all Blacks and foreigners. According to the Augusta chronicle, Lewis says that he hopes to emphasize “fundamental basketball” instead of “street ball” played by “people of color.” Then this guy had the nerve to say that “There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” and “I don’t hate people of color”. This idea of an all white basketball league really pisses me off. In my opinion, basketball brings people of all races together to play a sport that they love, and I believe that the NBA reflects that with players such as Kobe Bryant (Black), Steve Nash (White), Yao Ming (Chinese), and many other NBA players of different backgrounds.  AABA is just a way to discriminate against minorities and Lewis probably feels that this would give Whites a chance to prove that they can “jump”.

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Written by eclass08

January 23, 2010 at 3:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Why is so bad when a white person makes a club, league or organization for just white people? What about the NAACP? There are many organizations for blacks, hispanics, etc. that exclude white people. I guess because it’s a white person doing it and not another race.

    melp8

    January 23, 2010 at 5:12 am

  2. First off, the NAACP doesn’t exclude white people. Anyone can join, and some of the founders of the NAACP were indeed white. Secondly, when there is ANY club that has race or ethnic background as a requirement to join the club, then it is discriminatory, no matter what race is behind the club. Also, what type of benefits would come about from forming an all white basketball league? I just don’t see how having an all white league would help solve anything.

    eclass08

    January 23, 2010 at 6:03 am

  3. The reason it is so different is because historically ‘all white clubs’ were designed for the sole purpose of excluding other groups which then led to stepping on them. After all, one of the longest acting all white clubs is the Ku Klux Klan. There is no valid reason to have a white version of the NAACP. Whites don’t need to learn their culture or history, its American history. They don’t need to prevent institutionalized racism against whites because whites set up and run pretty much all American institutions. It basically comes down to the fact that this league serves no purpose than to exclude others based on race and ethnicity, which is the definition of racism.

    mzlisarenee

    January 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm


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