Perspectives on Race

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“Whites Only” Basketball league

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After reading a short article about this new league in the alligator this past week, I decided to check into this league further to see if it was more than a poorly crafted joke by somebody.  Much to my chagrin I found that this league is actually going to take place.   An athletic organization that discriminates towards anyone who isnt white seems to reflect the racist nature of its founders.   The requirements for a person to be eligible for the All-American Basketball Alliance is that they must be born an American citizen and have both parents be caucasian.  Despite all of the details pointing towards racial hatred and bigotry, the commissioner Don “Moose” Lewis says hatred of non-white races has nothing to do with it.  He points out that they want a league that focuses on fundamentals and not any creative playing that is done in the NBA or at playgrounds.

Not only do I find Mr. Lewis’ idea of an all-white league terrible, I also find his assumptions about how people of  “color” act on and off the court appalling.  It is not every white player in the NBA that follows all the rules, plays a fundamentally sound game, and shows the utmost respect for his fellow competitors and audience.  Lewis also points to recent incidents of athletes not getting along with the crowd as reasons as to why the AABA will be superior to leagues that allow people of color to play in it.  He assumes that every negative action that can result from a basketball game comes from non-white players, which is completely wrong.  I feel that it depends on the type of person which will determine if he plays with calm reserve or he plays a flashy and controversial game.  I also found it fascinating that this league would take place solely in the South, where the most of these stereotypes persist strongly and would be perceptive to this type of league.

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Written by mato89

January 23, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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  1. I dont really know a lot about basketball but it seems that Mr.Lewis with this “all white” thing is forgetting about the fact that some of the greatest basketball players (not say MOST of the players) like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Allen Iverson, and many more were not specifically “white” and still did make history. So, I still don’t understand his point.

    lisbecita

    January 24, 2010 at 7:49 am

  2. Wow, I didn’t read about this one, but boy am I shocked!!!! I can’t believe anyone would creat such a team. I am black and if I see something that says “join no Whites allowed,” I wouldn’t come. Shame on the kids that joins this team. I understand that people have their own opinion, but goodness!!!! Everyone should have freedom to express themselves, but this is just too much. I think that this would be a great lost to him, becuse there are great players of every race.. LEts just wait and see how this all turns out!!!!

    beatitkid

    January 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm


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