Basketball league for white Americans targets Augusta

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A new professional basketball league boasting rosters made up exclusively of white Americans has its eyes set on Augusta, but the team isn't receiving a warm welcome.

The All-American Basketball Alliance announced in a news release Sunday evening that it intends to start its inaugural season in June and hopes Augusta will be one of 12 cities with a team.

"Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league," the statement said.

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who has publicly expressed his support for minor league teams in the past, said he would not do the same for this team.

"As a sports enthusiast, I have always supported bringing more sporting activities to Augusta," he said. "However, in this instance I could not support in good conscience bringing in a team that did not fit with the spirit of inclusiveness that I, along with many others, have worked so hard to foster in our city."

Clint Bryant, athletic director at Augusta State University, laughed when he heard the news.

"It's so absurd, it's funny, but it gives you an idea of the sickness of our society" he said. "It shows you what lengths people will go to just to be mean-spirited. I think at any basketball level, no matter if it's all black, all white, all Hispanic, all Asian or anyone else, the players should just be a basketball team."

Don "Moose" Lewis, the commissioner of the AABA, said the reasoning behind the league's roster restrictions is not racism.

"There's nothing hatred about what we're doing," he said. "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 said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of "street-ball" played by "people of color." He pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas' indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as examples of fans' dissatisfaction with the way current professional sports are run.

"Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?" he said. "That's the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction."

The Atlanta-based league, which will operate as a single-entity owning all of its teams, is looking for local contacts to pay $10,000 to become a "licensee" in one of 12 cities throughout the Southeast. Lewis said he has already received threats from people opposed to the roster restrictions and several cities have told him to stay out of town. Lewis said he has yet to hear from any one in Augusta.

"We need a local person ingrained into the community to make this successful," he said.

Lewis said he expects to eventually find support in every town with a team.

"People will come out and support a product they can identify with. I'm the spoken minority right now, but if people will give us a chance, it'll work... The white game of basketball, which is essentially a fundamental game, works."

Lewis said he wasn't sure where the team will play.

Augusta has had problems with minor league basketball teams in the past, but the issues never centered around race. The Augusta Drive lasted less than a month before folding in 1995, citing financial reasons. The Augusta Groove made it through a full, 20-game schedule in 2009, but accusations from players and local businesses that the team wasn't paying its bills surrounded the team during the second half of the season. The team later shut down in the offseason.

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DonnieJoe
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DonnieJoe 01/19/10 - 05:57 pm
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An all white team!! what if

An all white team!! what if someone started an all black team!! how would you feel??

old man river
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old man river 01/19/10 - 08:48 pm
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DonnieJoe....there are all

DonnieJoe....there are all black teams...but because they are the best at the game right now. Europeans are coming on strong and the white player is not dead. I like good basketball with no color in my eyes.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/20/10 - 03:24 am
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I guess we will be able to

I guess we will be able to find out once and for all if white men can't jump.

confederate american
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confederate american 01/20/10 - 09:35 am
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notreally-you are just

notreally-you are just another one walking around stupid a product of government schools.

spasch1
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spasch1 01/20/10 - 10:07 am
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Harlem Globetrotters have not

Harlem Globetrotters have not been 100% black.

Bob Karstens was one of four whites

http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jan/07/local/me-karstens7

Orlando Antiqua was the first Hispanic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlando_Antigua

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teeheehee 01/20/10 - 10:26 am
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the idea of an all white

the idea of an all white basketball team isn't racist to me. it's the idea of creating an all white basketball team because all black players "play streetball" and will "flip you the bird" and grab their crotches while doing so. if this guy wants to create a league that plays "fundamental" boring basketball then so be it. but the ignorance behind it is the racist part.

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AreYouSerious1 01/20/10 - 10:47 am
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"But people of white,

"But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now." I hate to tell him but the US census begs to differ with him. African Americans currently make up 12.8% of the population. Furthermore i would love for him to define "white". Also, how are so called players going to confirm their "whiteness"? American is a melting pot and it seems to me this guy only wants the potatoes out of this pot....You think he would take an irish potatoe?

Crazy Irish
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Crazy Irish 01/20/10 - 10:49 am
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This just proves racism isn't

This just proves racism isn't dead. It's just being aimed at white people now.

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FratmanATL 01/20/10 - 11:47 am
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The NAACP was founded

The NAACP was founded primarily by white Americans (W.E.B. Dubois was the only black member of the original executive board). Until 1975, every president of the NAACP board was white. The organization has always had white members and continues to do so. The United Negro College Fund contributes to "historically" black colleges everyone of which has white students (West Virginia State University is now 90% white}. Kwanzaa is open to all who wish to celebrate the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. I would hardly think these principles to be strictly African-American values and not American values to be embraced by all. America continues to be a melting pot that provides assistance to historically disadvantaged populations whether by race or economics (see history of the Appalachian Regional Commission). Single race organizations designed to re-enforce negative, oppressive/repressive and disproved socio-economic systems of thought are counterproductive in a democratic America.

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corgimom 01/20/10 - 12:02 pm
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"so BAM BET was created to

"so BAM BET was created to show case black talent on a black run network. " It takes TALENT to dress like a thug or a prostitute? Talent?

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twilahzone 01/20/10 - 12:24 pm
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So what defines being

So what defines being "White?" Irish? German? Scottish? British? A combination of all the above? Or does someone denounce their racial heritage and join the White club? Do you have to be poor, middle-class, or rich (and White) to join this team? Please explain this to me, for it doesn't make ANY sense. Believe it or not--there's going to be another set of issues if ALL Whites can join, regardless of social status. Money, money, money. And yes, there are Black men behaving badly in sports--but don't lump all Black sports professionals in the same "boat." Does anyone know BET is now owned by an elderly, rich White man? BET Holdings is a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. Upset that BET never plays real music videos anymore? Sumner Redstone owns Viacom -- MTV, VH1, VH1 Classic, CMT and BET. What's the irony in THAT? Do your research, people.

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puddingtane 01/20/10 - 01:04 pm
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twilahzone, I always do my

twilahzone, I always do my research and I'm glad to see someone else does also. I wish all these people would take a minute to do it too, and not post some crap from a non reputable source&#0133 if it's your opinion, say it is. People say what they have heard and think it is fact, but a little research shows they are wrong.

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marysdude 01/20/10 - 01:15 pm
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If we were to view a picture

If we were to view a picture of one of Glenn Beck's '[filtered word]' rallies, which one would be Lewis?

puddingtane
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puddingtane 01/20/10 - 01:35 pm
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marysdude are you implying

marysdude are you implying all people who attend tea party rallies are white? Or racist? Or like basketball?

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/20/10 - 01:41 pm
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You know the real irony here

You know the real irony here is that if he really had a problem with the NBA, he should acknowledge that its owned by a majority of whites and the rules are written and enforced by whites.
What's wrong with the all white league is that it starts out with so much malice. The reasoning behind it is pinned to racial stereotypes and fears that white have had of blacks (violent and low morality), and downplays NBA talent to 'street ball'.
For you research and history buffs, this is nothing but deja vu. In the 1920's Jews dominated basketball on the streets of New York and the semi-pro barnstorming teams. Moose Lewis' words can be read throughout the first half of the 20th century when others referred to Jewish dominance of the game.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/20/10 - 01:47 pm
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Interesting that he picked

Interesting that he picked Augusta as a city where he thought this would be successful.

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puddingtane 01/20/10 - 01:48 pm
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Out of curiosity, just

Out of curiosity, just suppose there was an all white team and they were good, real good. Would they be sued because they had no black players?

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/20/10 - 02:03 pm
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Ptane, On what grounds? If

Ptane,
On what grounds?
If you read my previous post, you'll see that the sport was dominated non-blacks longer that blacks have played.
Law suits are and have been for equal access or an equal shot.
Were there any suits in pro-hockey? No.

An all white league with bad players is not grounds for suit, unless they get some kind of public financial support, or use public facilities which then they would be in violation of federal law. A private league can do what they want.

Its a disgusting, divisive, retro act of bigotry to do this but, its not illegal.

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leebraxjr 01/20/10 - 02:07 pm
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I would like all of you to

I would like all of you to know that having an all white team is fine in our day and age. What is not fine is the fact many of you do not see that this particular person is not forming the team for the right reasons. Even in the civil war it had principle, but when hated started and clan began it lost its purpose as well did the Black Panthers.

Many still believe the South will rise again, but in our day and age I really think it would be better to consider that we all grow up and help one another without hate.

There is nothing in any of our lives that seperate each other, and if you base your extentense on your color of skin then you need a friend that can help you.

leebraxjr
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leebraxjr 01/20/10 - 02:13 pm
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Find Jesus

Find Jesus

puddingtane
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puddingtane 01/20/10 - 02:41 pm
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NorthernAggressor I was

NorthernAggressor I was curious because throughout history you see so many lawsuits against whites for not allowing blacks. Now whites are forced to allow blacks and if they do not they are sued. Also, there is a group of blacks that use what I consider public financial support and use public facilities, but do not allow whites because the color of their skin.

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/20/10 - 03:17 pm
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Ptane, As a lawyer and

Ptane,
As a lawyer and graduate of American History (and black) I find your last post a lie from beginning to end. However, if a person is already a bigot or ignorant, its easy to believe.

What whites were forced to allow blacks and sued?
Discrimination is illegal- you are aware of that, right?

What group of blacks 'use what you consider public financial support and use public facilities but do not allow whites because of the color of their skin'?

I can already guess your response, if you come back and respond at all. It won't be specific like you make it out to be or, it won't be true. Hurry up, people need to be educated. Tell us what you know.

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PedroBearington 01/20/10 - 03:27 pm
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Sounds like a good idea to

Sounds like a good idea to me. I don't want my children seeing all that classless And-1 streetball crap. This is a place I can take the family to see good fundamental basketball.

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/20/10 - 03:34 pm
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So 'Pedro', what's the issue

So 'Pedro', what's the issue with foreigner whites? They play 'street ball' too.

You want to see a boring game with just fundamentals, go to your local high school. By the time they get to the pros- you won't see a chest to chest pass all the way down court, or a 3-2 rotating defense. Why? Because they are professionals and have found a way to slice that stuff up and score points- to win games.

You could get some of that classic footage from ESPN but, then you'd be watching a lot of Jews play and we know how you people really feel about Jews.

This so called 'street ball' has created a multi billion dollar industry from one that couldn't pay its players a normal wage year round. That's billions because its entertaining and exciting.

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MilfordLoudermilk 01/20/10 - 03:37 pm
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Cities to be joining

Cities to be joining soon:
Tulsa Crackers,
Nashville [filtered word],
Knoxville Krispy Kremes,
Des Moines Turtle Necks,
Burlington Bleached Allstars,

MrSouthernJustice
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MrSouthernJustice 01/20/10 - 03:39 pm
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I am excited to hear that

I am excited to hear that there will be basketball played on my television that won't have so many ghetto aliments linked to it.

No more burger king commercials, or dunk competitions, we'll be given a more nuclear family style presentation that I've longed for since the 60s.

PedroBearington
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PedroBearington 01/20/10 - 03:40 pm
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@NorthernAggressor - I don't

@NorthernAggressor - I don't doubt the demand or value of the streetball industry. Its just not what I choose to put me or my family around. When did I say I had an issue with foreign whites?

puddingtane
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puddingtane 01/20/10 - 03:42 pm
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Wow calling me a liar? The

Wow calling me a liar? The Congressional Black Caucus...
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agreed to pay $2.73 million in a discrimination lawsuit settlement brought by the U.S. Department of Justice for refusing to rent apartments to African Americans and Hispanics.

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flotsam 01/20/10 - 03:44 pm
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Umm, I hate to break it to

Umm, I hate to break it to Moose and the readers here, but our country is still very much white. When will people stop believing everything that some jackass is quoted as saying as the truth? Whites (as in caucasians, non-hispanics, whatever) make up almost 75% of the population here. Ever been to the midwest? The northwest? The south? Other than in the cities, it's all white. (Google "majority americans ethnic heritage" or something like that if you don't believe me). Which makes me wonder why Don Lewis really wants an all-white basketball league. Maybe it's because the whites who want to play for him just aren't as good at basketball as the non-racist athletes who play in the NBA. Or maybe they're just racists. Either way, people, since you all obviously know how to use the internet, take an extra minute to confirm the data you are getting all bent out of shape and "patriotic" about. Most of the time, if it's coming out of a bullcrap artist's mouth, you can be pretty sure it is bullcrap.

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PedroBearington 01/20/10 - 03:47 pm
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This will be a great place

This will be a great place for former college players to play too.

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