Basketball proposal nothing but racism

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The first reaction was that this had to be some kind of sick joke.

What idiot sends out a press release on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day announcing the establishment of an all-white basketball league?

Sadly, it was not a joke. Racism never is.

Don "Moose" Lewis claims his concept of a whites-only basketball league has nothing to do with racism. He's wrong, of course. And his proposal to re-establish a small piece of segregation on the holiday we celebrate the dream and effort of MLK is reprehensible.

Lewis' press release is filled with the vile and hateful stereotypes that condemn an entire race.

"It has come to the attention of the principals of the (All-American Basketball Alliance) that white basketball players are essentially 'shut out' of conventional professional basketball due to the proliferation of non-organized play on the court," he said. "With players on other professional teams carrying guns, attacking fans in the stands, and going through the motions of playing the game, fundamentally sound white players are a vanishing species."

It sickens me to hear this kind of prejudicial garbage given even the smallest iota of credence.

I'm not naive enough to believe that racism isn't alive and well in these United States -- I've read the online comments that pass for civic discourse. But 62 years after the Dixiecrats dissolved, 49 years after the last Caucasian-only clause was stricken from American sports, 42 years after King was assassinated and just more than a year after we elected our first black president, I hoped this kind of ignorance might be on the wane.

Just the fact that someone would consider this kind of venture shows just how far away we are at truly reconciling our society.

"Fans have spoken to the AABA asking to restore on court sanity to the game of basketball," the press release claims. "Their pleas are our mission. Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league."

But Lewis -- a boxing and wrestling promoter by trade who can channel Al Campanis and Jimmy The Greek as well as anyone -- goes on one of those racist rants that can make you weep.

"It's because of the fact that natural athleticism of people of color is different," Lewis said. "They can make up for their shortfall in fundamentals with their natural athleticism. And coaches look for the quickest way to win, so they go for natural athleticism instead of the fundamentals from a white player. Is it a coaching problem? To a certain degree, but a lot of it is the culture.

"I know there's bad apples of every color, but like my wife says, let the numbers speak for themselves. Turn on the local TV news and who do you see on there? Facts are facts. Now, imagine the safety and quality of play at games where there's none of that. Anyone can be a star."

In his conversation with The Augusta Chronicle , Lewis mentioned several white NBA stars as shining examples of what his league would be all about.

"You do have some guys in the NBA, guys like Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash," Lewis said. "Dirk is the last great white hope."

Of course, since Nash and Nowitzki are Canadian and German, they wouldn't be eligible for Lewis' league.

Lewis even cites North Carolina -- you know, the school that helped integrate the Atlantic Coast Conference with Charlie Scott and gave us Michael Jordan -- as his muse.

"At Carolina, the bottom line is they're fundamentally sound," he said. "The guys who buy into the program go 100 percent, and those are the white guys. They have the Blue Team, and every time they come into the game, everybody cheers them on and get behind them. They're the most popular."

The Blue Team, for those as ignorant as Lewis, was a substitution strategy first employed by Dean Smith who would install an entire reserve unit to briefly spell his starters. They are not exclusively white.

"Look at Larry Bird," Lewis continued. "He was a very good player. But if he was a black player, he wouldn't be considered in the same league as Michael Jordan. But he was white and entertaining. That's why people liked him."

This Moose Lewis character is more than a little challenged when it comes to his judgment. An Internet search of his other offerings as chief of this Global Basketball Alliance illustrates that pretty clearly.

In January of 2008, Lewis issued a news release saying that his director of team development, a military veteran, had been in an accident a week earlier and fallen into a coma. "Due to these tragic circumstances, the GBA has no alternative but to seek a replacement." Now that's class.

The only bit of sense Lewis displays is an awareness that this segregationist endeavor wouldn't fly in an arena named after James Brown or any other public facility.

For gyms in which to play, he hopes to find kindred spirits at private white-flight academies that are prevalent across the southern regions he hopes to infiltrate.

Let's make sure that Augusta and its surrounding communities do not become a haven for this kind of prejudice.

If we do, the sick joke is on us.

Reach Scott Michaux at (706) 823-3219 or scott.michaux@augustachronicle.com.

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Chillen
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Chillen 01/19/10 - 12:16 pm
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I think this story line got

I think this story line got plenty of activity yesterday. Not much else can be said.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/19/10 - 12:23 pm
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You bigots can talk all you

You bigots can talk all you want.Nobody can out talk the Champs.They were bred from the cradle.

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themaninthemirror 01/19/10 - 12:41 pm
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This will establish black

This will establish black supremacy on the basketball court. We all know white men can't jump, do a break dance,or rao. After the sll white teams make themselves look like fools, this will be a humorous day.

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grinder48 01/19/10 - 12:44 pm
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this thing so stupid I don't
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this thing so stupid I don't know why it's even being put out there by the new media or commented on by readers. What a waste of time and energy ...

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FallingLeaves 01/19/10 - 01:59 pm
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Thanks EdSimian. I was

Thanks EdSimian. I was wondering how many he had pulled. 248? Should have been more than that, but he has been given a lot of leeway because of the race card.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/19/10 - 02:27 pm
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I agree 100% that it is wrong

I agree 100% that it is wrong on all counts and could also be classified as racism and discrimination. It is pathetic and needs to be stopped as everyone should be judged on their actions and ability - period. That being said, ALL organizations such as Miss Black America, The Black Pages, The United Negro College Fund, and the many other all black organizations should be viewed in the exact same light. If this is racism as the article states then lets call into account all other organizations and businesses that are clearly directed for blacks only.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/19/10 - 02:42 pm
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Falling is talking about

Falling is talking about leeway because of the race card. Isn't that playing the race card in itself. You have weak retorts, so you go crying to the webmaster.Meanwhile, he or she is a heavy supporter of PTHS or whatever his name will be. Kinda defeats your rationale.

grinder48
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grinder48 01/19/10 - 02:58 pm
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Asitisinaug 2:27 post is
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Asitisinaug 2:27 post is absolutely correct

Frank I
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Frank I 01/19/10 - 03:51 pm
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can't wait until "Willis"

can't wait until "Willis" comes to try out.. I mean his legal parents (father) was caucasian right?

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puddingtane 01/19/10 - 03:55 pm
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Wow, a few comments have been

Wow, a few comments have been removes here.... How is RichmondCountyResident calling everone bigots and getting away with it? The others must have been really bad...

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lboogie618 01/19/10 - 05:43 pm
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Many have said that Blacks

Many have said that Blacks have their own exclusive organizations etc. My view is that many of these events and organizations were put in place to afford black people opportunities when they were not available elsewhere or were blatantly denied access to. Networks were started because of the lack of roles available for black actors and actresses. We could not turn to the major networks and see people like us. Unfortunately, I dont watch much of it because many times it portrays blacks in a negative way,I don't act like that nor does anyone in my family so I won't support those kinds of broadcasts.

DonnieJoe
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DonnieJoe 01/19/10 - 06:13 pm
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"I Have a Dream" -- Rev.

"I Have a Dream" -- Rev. Archibald Cary 1952

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corgimom 01/19/10 - 08:39 pm
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Who took that press release

Who took that press release seriously?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/19/10 - 09:07 pm
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Excuse me RCR, "he or she is

Excuse me RCR, "he or she is a heavy supporter of PTHS or whatever his name will be. Kinda defeats your rationale.
Posted by RichmondCountyResident on Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:42 PM" is a false statement. PTHS is usually jumping all over my case. He doesn't have any reason, to, but then, neither do you.

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mommy7 01/19/10 - 09:25 pm
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there are NO BLACK COLLEGES

there are NO BLACK COLLEGES or organizations that do not have white members or members of other races. they are simply majorirty black. there are no black organizations that shun or prohibit other races from joining. this "white only" basketball is simply buffonery!

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puddingtane 01/19/10 - 09:59 pm
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mommy7 Yes there

mommy7 Yes there are!
Congressional Black Caucus

puddingtane
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puddingtane 01/19/10 - 10:19 pm
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I am surprised that so many

I am surprised that so many African Americans do not know that the Congressional Black Caucus refuses to let White congressmen join. They are discriminating and everyone who finds out makes up excuses and approves their racism.

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rb 01/19/10 - 10:30 pm
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Dr. King, Happy Birthday!

Dr. King, Happy Birthday!

If I understand correctly, Mr. Lewis is proposing a basketball league that excludes everyone but white male United States citizens, AND suggesting that people will buy tickets to watch the games? B^tch, please!

Can we also include the standard that all league officials must have suffered a serious head injury?

Dude! The WNBA can't draw fans, and they accept all women. The problem they have is that the game they play isn't entertaining to a basketball fan who's seen players who can dunk, cross-over, lock-down.

Larry Bird is going to eschew the NBA, so that he can play with fair-skinned guys who don't require green cards?

If Mr. Lewis' complaint is "the urban sensibility", can't he start a league that requires a center jump after every basket, three passes before every shot, and uniform trunks that even exhibitionist husbands withhold for special evenings like wedding anniversaries - regardless of place of birth, or pigmentation?

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WW1949 01/19/10 - 11:03 pm
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Big deal. All of this sounds

Big deal. All of this sounds like BS.

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blwoot 01/20/10 - 01:44 pm
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It's funny how all of these

It's funny how all of these whites on here say that blacks have black colleges, NAACP, Black America pageants, but how much real estate do whites own in this world? We get thrown a few bones and all of a sudden we're eating off the same plates as whites. What about the rest of the 90 something percent of things that whites own in this country??? Corporate America, newspapers, the vast majority of colleges in this nation, along with a host of other things out there, and they STILL think things are fair....They own all of that stuff so why should they place "white" in front of everything? Might as well keep it quiet so nobody screams racism right?

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puddingtane 01/20/10 - 03:06 pm
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blwoot, Im white, I have none

blwoot, Im white, I have none of that stuff your saying I have...

natthex
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natthex 01/20/10 - 03:44 pm
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The concept of a white only

The concept of a white only basketball league aside ...what's more offensive is this guy's complete lack of understanding about basket ball. The idea that somehow whites play "fundamental" basketball while others play "street" ball is utterly ridiculous.

Anyone who has watched the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and I could go on and on... knows that they are some of the most fundamentally sound/intelligent players there are. period. Sure they are also athetlcally gifted, but they would not be at the heights of there games of that is all they were.

If this were truly about having a league about "fundamental" basketball why don't you just create a league with a certain set of rules like, "no dunking", "minimum of 5 passes", "no trash talking", "raise the rim to 12 feet" or whatever and then allow anyone regardless of race to play in this league.

It just exposes that this is anything but about "fundamental" basketball - rather just an attempt to promote some stupid stereotype - that is yes racist.

natthex
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natthex 01/20/10 - 03:50 pm
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and another thing. all these

and another thing. all these points about "well what about BET, the NAACP, and other "black only" groups fail to see one thing. The only reason they were created in the first place was because blacks were not allowed in those areas in mainstream society to begin with. They had no other choice BUT to create their own groups.

It was not that long ago when blacks were not allowed to play in major league sports. That's why there was "negro league" baseball.

So a suggestion if you want to have a whites only league. build a time machine and go back 100 years.

natthex
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natthex 01/20/10 - 04:00 pm
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here's more for the lack of

here's more for the lack of basketball knowledge if this guy...

Does the name Bill Lambeer ring a bell? One of the players who only made his way by playing physical, dirty?

John Stockton was notoriously known as one of the dirtiest players.

Kevin McHale was no saint either.

Yet somehow when they do it it's called "crafty", "tough". When a black player does it it's called "thuggish".

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outtatowner 01/20/10 - 05:47 pm
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I can't wait to see a squad

I can't wait to see a squad full of "Jackie Moons" on the court. Will there be bear wrestling at halftime? Since we're all about no flash, I guess they will wear the socks pulled up to the kneecaps and shorts that will make jerry West blush. I wonder, with the majority of players in NBA being non-white and non-American, despite the majority of the fans being white and American, where is Lewis going to get his fan base?

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blues550 01/20/10 - 06:13 pm
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Scott, there is a solid fan
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Scott, there is a solid fan base for this - Sons of Confederate Veterans and many other organiztions that passively keep themselves all white. What a great idea. Jujst think of the concessions - white fish on white bread, white pizza, white milk, vanilla ice cream. And they could have a real white out in thye arensa. I really think your are missing an awesome oportunity to fill the James Brown Arena, renamed the White House for game nights.

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old man river 01/20/10 - 06:27 pm
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I say let them play. Let the

I say let them play. Let the players collect the checks and have NOBODY in the stands. That will BK the Moose. Basketball is a great sport and it is not necessary to stoop to the level of Moose. Just give him long enough to go broke. I say two weeks....

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JM88 01/20/10 - 06:35 pm
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I don't see how anyone can

I don't see how anyone can defend this. Some of you are comparing it to the Black Miss America, BET and so on, but if you consider those things racist, then aren't you implying that two wrongs make a right by defending this league? The bottom line is we need to move past segregation of all kinds.

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dstewartsr 01/20/10 - 06:45 pm
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RCR, re your 11:27; nonsense.

RCR, re your 11:27; nonsense. Any black who is barely qualified on paper can find employment, especially ones with university credentials. How other to explain Ronnie Few or Bananagirl? The greatest shortage of minority in hiring is in finding one. As to the basketball league, I would welcome seeing a game of basketball as opposed to what it has mutated into: B-ball, or more accurately, Thug-ball. I played in high school back in the early sixites; teams would have been disqualified in the first five minutes for demonstrating the kind of play that passes for today's "sport."

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crackerjack 01/20/10 - 06:59 pm
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I know, I know, it's all

I know, I know, it's all Bush's fault.

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a former executive director of the NAACP's Atlanta chapter has been arrested on charges that she and an assistant embezzled $275,000 from the civil rights organization.
The newspaper says 67-year-old Judith Hanson was arrested on Monday on charges of felony theft.
Tracy Flanagan, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, says the charges were later upgraded to theft by deception, theft by conversion, credit card fraud and unauthorized use of a credit card.
The Rev. Amos Brown, the chapter's new administrator, says the arrest came after warrants were issued for Hanson and her former assistant, Saundra Douglass.
The newspaper says police are still looking for Douglass.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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