The All-American (White) Basketball Alliance

In case you haven’t heard; in January, Don “Moose” Lewis, a fight promoter from Atlanta proposed his novel idea for an all-caucasian basketball
league. “Only players that are natural born United States citizens with
both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league,”-Here’s
a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they
like.”

The NBA though, is hardly the only professional basketball
league in this country. Wikipedia lists 23 mens leagues, ranging from the
National Basketball Association’s Development League (NBAD) to the Louisville
Hoopfest Basketball League (LHBL) and the Iowa Basketball Exposure League
(IBEL). What Moose is saying is that white people can’t, and do not desire to
play pro level ball. Furthermore, he also infers that the actual quality of the
game played in the NBA is not strategic -calling it “street ball”. Mr. Lewis of
course claims no racist intent, citing “I don’t hate anyone of color. But
people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now.”

In an interview on the Daily Show, Moose told viewers that
he was “a child of forced integration by the government -You want to deal with
racism? Friends of yours, whites on the basketball team are pushed off the team
because now all of a sudden you’ve got very talented black athletes that are
going to the same school, and the coach wants to win. I’ve lived racism.”

To me, that sounds more like bitterness rather than simply
filling a “market niche”.

I think it is kind of absurd though -not just that Moose
conceived this idea to begin with, but that he genuinely doesn’t believe that
this move is basically segregation. He was also asked why he felt the need to
make the league all white, instead of simply creating a “fundamentals
basketball league”. He replied that “Blacks overall are better athletes when it
comes to the game of basketball.”

The funny thing is that even though there may have been some
pull for watching fundamental basketball -if played by the best fundamentally
skilled players. But who’s going to watch average guys play basketball? For
younger people, they can play it themselves, and older people can watch their
kids’ high school games. Chances are; if this league gets viewership, it’s
going to be from people who simply don’t want to support black athletes.

I wonder then; how many more Americans hold racist beliefs,
but would not actually consider themselves racists? The National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) voiced that Moose’s league
“attempts to set back what we’ve been trying to do for 100 years,” and “If
[they] can do anything to stop it, [they] will.” Hopefully they wont have to do
much.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/22/whites-only-basketball-le_n_433275.html

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