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Whites-only Basketball League? Nooooooo

January 21, 2010

Help us all.

Once in a while a story comes along that makes you feel as if you have stumbled into H.G. Wells’ time machine and traveled into the past.

A “Whites-only” basketball league is being formed by former wrestling promoter Don “Moose” Lewis, who hopes for representation in 12 Southeast cities. The All-American Basketball Alliance’s No. 1 requirement? “Only players that are natural-born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.”

African-Americans and foreigners need not apply.

There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” Lewis told the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. “I don’t hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like.”

Lewis added the league will emphasize fundamental ball instead of “street-ball” played by “people of color.

He said fans shouldn’t have to “worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch.”

Are you kidding me? What is equally troubling is the amount of support the league is receiving, with cries of “finally” all over the Internet.

C’mon. Supporting, say, the NAACP or United Negro College Fund is not the same as supporting a league like this. One is about providing guidance to a historically disadvantaged population. The other is about exclusion and reinforcing negative thought processes.

The brilliance of this country is that is has long provided aid to the historically oppressed, whether it’s the NAACP or the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Go away AABA and go away Moose Lewis. We definitely don’t need your kind here.

Here’s a link to the full story

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