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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doneeeee2000
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doneeeee2000 01/25/10 - 08:31 am
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yeah there was 400 years of

yeah there was 400 years of really bad crap, but do you not think a lot of the same stuff is going on in Africa now? Yet it is always the white man's fault. The pendulam has swung
too far in trying to correct it. Now the white race is walking on egg shells because they dont want to offend anyone and no one else is. We have put ourselves in a box.

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ispy4u 01/25/10 - 10:08 am
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Have your all White

Have your all White basketball,television,radio,beauty pageant and any thing else you want. When the likes of ROCHnRoll come on here just to quote that percentage bull, I hope it makes them feel better. I guess it matters to him what race a person is killed,raped or robbed by?

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ispy4u 01/25/10 - 10:16 am
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Where do you all get this

Where do you all get this bull that any one of even average intelligence is going around saying that " it's the White man fault"? I guess you have to tell yourself that in order to justify your bitter attitudes? I have never been around any one that blamed " the white man" for any problems in their lives. Maybe you need to socialize with a different group of people.

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dave777 01/25/10 - 10:47 am
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It's about time! We have the

It's about time!
We have the NAACP, Negro College Fund, etc. with no equivalent. This just helps even things up a bit.

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NorthernAggressor 01/25/10 - 10:52 am
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Rock and Roll said the facts

Rock and Roll said the facts speak for themselves and then failed to give any. According to the FBI----WHITES COMMIT 70% OF THE CRIMES IN AMERICA!!!!! http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/data/table_43.html

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/25/10 - 10:57 am
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I am starting to believe that

I am starting to believe that southern whites are some of the dumbest slugs on earth. Ignoring facts and repeating the same ol' misconceptions. How many more inbreeds are going to mention NAACP, BET, Miss Black America, UNCF or HBCUs? Are you all a bunch of foreigners that have no insight on your own culture? You're a drag on the rest of the nation because you support this kind of crap and you can't even employ your own folks down there.

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NorthernAggressor 01/25/10 - 11:00 am
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Again, WHITES ARE ARRESTED

Again, WHITES ARE ARRESTED FOR 70% OF THE CRIMES IN AMERICA
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/data/table_43.html

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R.E.Miller 01/25/10 - 04:41 pm
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As proven by 'obx2019' and

As proven by 'obx2019' and 'Notreally,' and a few other bigots and racist individuals, ignorance comes in all races. Both individuals have showed how ignorant and narrow minded some Americans can be. You can never have an intellectual discussion or debate because of the lack of intellectual ability to carry a conversation of such magnitude.

For those who disapprove of my comments that is fine, it is your given right to do so; that is the reason those of us who are in the military serve to protect the freedom of speech among other rights that we have. Therefore I am not going to reply, nor am I going to engage in 'name calling," or trading condensing racial remarks with you...I have never been that type of individual and I am well past that manner of thinking or should I say lack of thinking&#0133so please do not waste your time or mine traveling that racist and bigotry path.

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JamesJMcGee 01/25/10 - 09:29 pm
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Thank you NorthernAggressor I

Thank you NorthernAggressor I had no idea that 12% of the population commited 50% of the murders. Thats very interesting.

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SovereignOne 01/25/10 - 11:06 pm
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I am sorry, but I see it like

I am sorry, but I see it like this. There are how many all black colleges, how many organizations that are all black. There is even a Black History month and people want to complain about an all white basket ball team. You have to be kinding me. If some body wanted to start a all black basket ball team you would not hear one word from the whites, hispainics or asians. If you did, the black community would cry about the past and how whites owe them so much. Get over it. Move on

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hakeem1 01/25/10 - 11:47 pm
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Civilization started in Egypt

Civilization started in Egypt Africa where the Temple of Luxur, the Great Pyramids, and the Sphinx are located. Napolean shot of the noses of the statues to get rid of African features. It was the Moors who went into Spain during the Dark Ages to civilize them during the Renaissance. They studied Astronomy, Math, Biology, and the sciences. Read about the Dogon tribe in Africa. They identified that Sirius has other stars around it but modern science is just finding out about this. Timbuktu in Mali was the academic center where philosophers Plato and Socrates got their knowledge. Then Read the book "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa". Africa has all the natural resources including gold, diamonds, and oil that would make them the most wealthy continent on the Earth but they don't control any of those resources because they have been robbed of them by Europeans. Most African nations were colonized by the Europeans except Ethiopia. The Europeans divided the people and the land by establishing false borders. When they pulled out of Africa in the 60's, they left corrupt leaders in control which, like Haiti, left the countries broke and in debt to the World Banks. Cause and effect.

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hakeem1 01/26/10 - 01:50 am
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There are several steps for

There are several steps for atonement in order to come into perfect union. First, there has to be an apology for the wrongdoing. Then there has to be reparations just like the Jews and other groups have received because of evil done to them. Slave (free) labor made the USA rich. Then there has to be a change in direction. It appears to me that walking on egg shells wasn't one of the criterion. There has been no sincere attempt to reconcile. It's just like a spouse abuser telling his wife that he loves her. Get real!!!! You all want to hold on to your heritage or history but you want us to forget about ours. He who forgets his history is doomed to repeat it. Never!!!! I'm learning more about it every chance I get. God hears the prayers of the oppressed and he will lead us like Moses and the Israelites. The more bad you all say and do the more it intensifies. One learned man is harder on the devil than a thousand ignorant worshippers. Who is the learned? Those who act upon what they learn.

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wallace3829 01/26/10 - 01:59 am
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@OBKAD....yes we have the

@OBKAD....yes we have the NAACP...they fight for EQUAL RIGHTS FOR THE MINORTY....not just blacks...fyi...there are white board members on the NAACP.......and KWANZAA IS AND AFRICAN HOLIDAY...NOT BLACK AMERICANS STUPID....oh and just to let you know black people are not allowed to be jewish according to jews if that makes you feel better..
@RARTHUR336...yes we have black colleges...they are called HBCU's (historically black colleges /universities)and were established for black students when TWCU's(traditionally white colleges/universities) were not accepting blacks or minorities..and were not JUST FOR BLACKS...i attend one and there are a lot of white people there..the united negro college fund is also for THE MINORITY..not just blacks..its for students that live in poverty and cannot afford to attend college on their own money..unlike you who may have been fed on a silver platter all your life....

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wallace3829 01/26/10 - 02:12 am
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and i'm black and not against

and i'm black and not against the white team at all...its just the simple fact that its WHITE ONLY...and they are emphazing the assumption that its the black ball players that have destroyed the sport..and that is wrong and does seen a little racist.....it would be different if it was established for whites but black people can play if they choose to join....thats different.....just like HBCU's...in earlier days they were for black students but not only black students...they were only established because most universities were not accepting black students...therefore they could not get a college education...and yes we have separate funds..not because we are black but we have the highest percentage that lives in poverty and in urban cities and cannot afford college....its just and extra helping hand

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MarshCroaked 01/26/10 - 04:18 am
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Kwanzaa is an

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday created by an American man of color.

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1941 01/26/10 - 06:36 am
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Time to remove this

Time to remove this story!!!!!!

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whyaskwhy 01/26/10 - 09:15 am
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Now you leave the All Black

Now you leave the All Black Colleges out of this mess ! Because you know full well that these schools were started (some with the help of good white church folk) because you would not allow a Negro to attend your WHITE schools.

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TakeAstand 01/26/10 - 11:01 am
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It doesn't matter WHY they

It doesn't matter WHY they were started, it is 2010, everything should be open to all now correct? But they arent. And wallace, though the uncf claims to accept all, they do have scholarships that exclude other races such as the merck undergraduate science program and there are probably more. The miss black america, you have to be AA. These are the eligibility requirements, so yes they exclude other races. Don't see what you only want to see. Just because things were started out of necessity, doesn't mean they should still exist and if it does don't complain when others start a "their race" only thing if you really want equality these days.

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strib1 01/26/10 - 01:40 pm
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i think its a good idea you

i think its a good idea you cant have it all maybe one day we can have a bb supper bowl!! its not against anyone

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mk1975 01/26/10 - 06:22 pm
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I don't see why everyone is

I don't see why everyone is up in arms about this. You don't see me complaining because the NAACP does nothing for me. I believe I qualify as a "Colored" person because I am yellow in skin color. But hey, if I tried to get help from NAACP, they would shoo me off. I get discriminated against in college admissions all the time. How is that fair?? Let them have this all white basketball team. It probably wouldn't last long, for fear of being called a racist for being in this league. Give me a break. I will side with the white folks on this one. Enough is enough from black people who complain about everything and do nothing about it!

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hakeem1 01/26/10 - 11:22 pm
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Hey, I'm with you. Let them

Hey, I'm with you. Let them do their thing. I ain't mad at them; although, the wrong has to be pointed out before people can see it and acknowledge it to make positive change. Many can benefit from this knowledge and make it everlasting. Black people have been working hard for justice, even dying for this cause. Firstly, one can physically do something about it. Next, one can speak out against it. Lastly, one can just hate the wrong in their hearts. Believe me black people are the conscious of America and the world. We have been put here for a divine purpose. We can do more than one thing at a time. We are trying to create a more perfect union so all including you can enjoy the freedoms ordained by the Creator. Don't be angry or jealous. We need unity and a Love Supreme.

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hakeem1 01/27/10 - 12:35 am
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I dated a young lady in

I dated a young lady in college that did horrible on the SAT college entrance exam. She had to take developmental study classes because of her score; however, she made all A's in her nursing classes and she has been honored as the top nurse of the year in Georgia. She can go anywhere she wants to work. All this to say, the standardized tests aren't good indicators to determine who will be successful or not; therefore, there has to be some sort of mechanism to ensure there is fair representation of all people. I am a proud black man that try to carry myself with high standards. There are good and bad in all the races.

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TakeAstand 01/27/10 - 12:50 am
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Thanks for the laugh at

Thanks for the laugh at 10:22. What about the black only programs? Do you think they are wrong too and say the same to them and want them to do away with them? If not, Can you say...... hypocrite??? How are they trying to create a perfect union by excluding others? And what about the whites who fight and those who died for that same cause? But then they are excluded from certain things. Yeah real perfect. lol

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hakeem1 01/27/10 - 01:23 am
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You have missed the whole

You have missed the whole point. Black people have been trying to be included all these years. We have always had an inclusive mindset. We have been trying to get with white people but we haven't been welcomed, only villified. I have no problem with anyone as long we are dealing with each other respectfully.

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mk1975 01/27/10 - 02:22 am
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Hakeem1 apparently also

Hakeem1 apparently also believes black are superior to whites, just like the KKK believes whites are superior to blacks. Nice. It never ends. I propose we rename the NAACP to NAABP. After all, it is only for black people, and racist.

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natesghost 01/28/10 - 01:10 pm
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Personally, I am really

Personally, I am really intrigued by some of the thoughts that are floating around on this site, most of it uninformed. I bet most of you who talk about the NBA being an exclusive black league never watch or go to the games; therefore, you just believe whatever you hear. Contrary to what many believe, the NBA is peppered with talented players of all hues, even white Americans. Anyone ever heard of Chris Kaman, Kirk Hinrich, or Kevin Love? I am a former basketball coach who tried to recruit the best athletes to play, no matter what their color, but most of the time, the best white athletes were more interested in playing soccer, or baseball. The fact of the matter is that black kids actively seek out basketball in greater numbers; therefore their skill level is higher and there is more competition in their neighborhoods in this particular sport. That's not racist. The best NBA athletes (Lebron, Kobe, Dwayne, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, etc...) would not be categorized as ghetto or hood by anyone who has a true knowledge of what these words mean. Also, to say that blacks do not play fundamentally sound basketball is a falsehood. The US Olympic team, composed of all blacks, was selected by Jerry Colangelo (a white man) for their ability to play sound basketball the best. Just because black athletes are more prone to make a flashy move, doesn't mean that he/she did not learn the fundamentals first. When you can add some excitement to a sport and entertain the fans...what's wrong with that?

But, I really have a problem with those people who might suggest that Blacks form groups to exclude others. You obviously know nothing about the history of race in this country. Blacks, and other minorities, had to form these groups for either security purposes or because they were lawfully excluded from main society (see Civil Rights Movement). The NBA excludes no one from participating. 96% of the owners are white. Most of the coaches are white. These guys pick the best players...period. These claims of racism against white people make me laugh. Whites are the majority in this country and pretty much run everything. Every now and then, a minority is able to carve out a decent living in this country (even though it was built on their backs). Give me a break people. Just look up the statistics and percentages of those who live in poverty and despair. This guy MOOSE is what I call an undercover racist. He's not man enough to come out and say it...he tries to justify his beliefs based on a few incidents that happened in the NBA. Here's a suggestion MOOSE; take your best 12 players and offer to play those undisciplined, no fundamental having thugs of the NBA. The NBA wouldn't even have to send its best; they could send the bench players. Sounds good MOOSE? Put your narrow-minded belief to the test.

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R.E.Miller 01/28/10 - 08:35 pm
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MABLE8 and to those who lack

MABLE8 and to those who lack the knowledge of a certain topic before voicing their opinions incorrectly; Hockey indeed have minorities who have been members of professional hockey teams .Look up Grant Fuhr, who was inducted into Hockey’s Hall of Fame played for several teams, the latest being Calgary Flames (who now play in Atlanta),Alton White, who was the first African (decent) to score 20 goals in a single season (1972), Peter Worrell (Florida Panthers), Sean Brown (Vancouver Canucks and other teams), Gerald Coleman (Tampa Lightning) and many more who played. Even Asian players are on teams in the NHL a few for you and their teams. Chris Beckford-Tseu (St. Louis Blues), Yutaka Fukufji (Los Angeles Kings), Paul Kariya and Steve(St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks), Richard Park (New York Islanders) and several more who play NHL. Also of note there are Latino players, Scott Gomez(Montreal(, Bill Guerin (Pittsburg), Raymond Macias (Colorado), Alec Martinez(L.A. Kings) and several more….and also Middle Eastern; Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), Alain Nasreddine (several teams), Ramzi Abid(Several teams) and John Hanna (Retired) and Ed Hatoum(Retired).

Now those who lack the knowledge knows that Caucasians are not the only race on the ice. Hockey has a variety of races who excel in the game. Just because you do not see minorities in a given sport does not mean that there are not any participating or on the team. A person skin color or race should not exclude them from anything . In sports your ability to perform on the court, field, ice, stadium or wherever the sport is played is determined by the individual skills, that is what they are getting paid for….the most skilled should play. Excluding someone solely on the color of their skin has been tried before in the past and should stay….in our past.

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R.E.Miller 01/28/10 - 08:50 pm
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TAKEASTAND, you are correct.

TAKEASTAND, you are correct. If the Miss Black American Pageant is solely for African-American woman only, it should cease to exist. Once upon a time the Miss Black American pageant was a must because AA was not allowed to participate in the Caucasian pageants…but now they are obsolete and no longer required because AA’s are allowed to participate in any pageant they chose. There have been African Americans who have won throughout the years, and it is proven that woman of beauty comes in all races. You are correct, I cannot be against an ALL WHITE BASKETBALL team and believe it is OK for an ALL BLACK BEAUTY PAGENT…that is talking out of both side of the mouth….

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Riverman1 01/28/10 - 09:18 pm
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So you guys don't think there

So you guys don't think there are black and white leagues around here now? Churches, clubs, etc.?

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