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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Moochzilla
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Moochzilla 01/21/10 - 12:03 pm
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"...but let white people try

"...but let white people try and do something and they scream RACISM."
Are you looking forward to the St. Patrick's Day parade as much as I am?

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/21/10 - 12:50 pm
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Pu239 on Thu Jan 21, 2010

Pu239 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:40 AM -
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You really are slow aren't you? We are talking about a region versus another region. One is self-sufficient, the other is not. All of those industries I named are based and prosper in the North. The South provides cheap labor but, does not contribute significantly to research and development, intellectual property, or finance of any of those industries. While you people have been so focused on race for your entire existence, the rest of the country has moved on and you are now a Third World type region in the United States.

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NorthernAggressor 01/21/10 - 01:03 pm
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"...BET, NAACP, United NEGRO

"...BET, NAACP, United NEGRO College Fund, Congressional BLACK Caucus, BLACK Expo, BLACK Miss America, BLACK Panthers and more, but let white people try and do something and they scream RACISM."

All organizations started because WHITES excluded blacks and black input from the mainstream counterpart. (BET-MTV who wouldn't play black musicians videos for years except MJ. NAACP-because the 14th Amendment was being ignored. UNCF-because FEDERAL loans and grants were not available to taxpaying blacks. Black Expo- because the Chamber excluded blacks. Black Miss America- because Miss America was for whites only. Black Panthers-KuKluxKlan,). Whites created this atmosphere and now want to complain about their creation. It was due to accepted racism that necessitated the creation of these groups. Congress has over 300 caucuses based on issue interests.

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LewPDX 01/21/10 - 01:05 pm
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Psst...Yes Men (cough cough).

Psst...Yes Men (cough cough).

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Souchild79 01/21/10 - 01:12 pm
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This has to be one of the

This has to be one of the most racists threads I have ever read in my life...I am for one Scottish, my mother is White Scottish my father is African American. I admit the whole world is laughing at you!! America is not progressing its regressing..Its disgusts me, I am sickened by the lack of harmony amongst people in the USA. One thing is for sure is they are to make a league for Native Americans then NO whites would be allowed to play either!! The narrow minded, ignorant hate mongers that support this are in the wrong year this is 2010 people not 1952!! . Its true though there are some flaws in the game, but its funny how when a Black man does something wrong its magnified 20 fold. I know this league is created because the white kids in the NCAA cant cut the mustard, and are way below at the standard of the likes of Le Bron James and Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Kevin Garnett. The thing is like any sport, its not ruined its evolved more skill is needed. Just like soccer you cant play basic soccer hahaha you need skills and technique creativity .If you don't have that there is always the reserves. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Dr.J, Clyde Drexler, raised the bar

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Souchild79 01/21/10 - 01:17 pm
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You can't reach that level

You can't reach that level then you know there is a 9-5 for you!! its called dream realization!! But all the talk of government bores me Democracy does not work, It has failed. Yet, still they try to force it all over the world. People look at America and say why do we need democracy look at the economy in the USA!! The unemployment there is worse than in Russia. Thee Health care is a shambles, School system is in dire need of restructure and more foreign techniques need to be introduced...American history if you want to learn about that Ask England!! Sure they will help you out!!

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Souchild79 01/21/10 - 01:31 pm
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I wonder if they will make a

I wonder if they will make a Native American Basketball League that would be awesome..Maybe we can split it into 5 major leagues

Blacks
Whites
Europeans
Natives Americans
South Americans

Then have a huge playoff....oh wait thats racist!!!

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/21/10 - 01:41 pm
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Sorry Souchild79 but, this is

Sorry Souchild79 but, this is still my home and these rednecks are my countrymen. I (America) have a vested interest in seeing them do well. Democracy works very well. You may want to look at Europe including Russia- all democracies. Unemployment is not an indicator of economy in other countries as you can have people working all day at jobs that pay them 1.32/day. Anyway Russia's unemployment rate is within 1% of America's and we're in the worst shape we've been in in 30 years. Russia is in the best shape its been in- there is less than 1% difference. Oh yeah, Cuba has about 1% unemployment, one of the best rates in the world, yet their economy is one of the poorest in the world. You want to move there? Go right ahead.

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TakeAstand 01/21/10 - 02:01 pm
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Amen JR 001. They are

Amen JR 001. They are hypocrites. RCR stated that very thing you said. He complains that the acts of some blacks shouldnt reflect on all, which I agree, then says that no matter how nice or how much respect any white shows him it means nothing to him until all whites treat all blacks that way. He and ithers are some of the biggest hypocrites I have ever seen in my life.

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TakeAstand 01/21/10 - 02:02 pm
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*others

*others

Moochzilla
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Moochzilla 01/21/10 - 02:12 pm
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"American history if you want

"American history if you want to learn about that Ask England!! Sure they will help you out!!"

Awesome! Can you tell me about what Americans did with Lend-Lease? Destroyers for bases? On D-Day?

I'd like to hear your imput on those topics, Limey.

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Kudzu2 01/21/10 - 02:14 pm
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NA, Amazing, simply

NA, Amazing, simply amazing...your stats are compelling but as with the rest of your racist diatribe skewed to distort the facts. Given the percentages of whites vs blacks (79.8% to 12.8%) your team must be working overtime to earn their crime stats (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/05cius/data/table_43.html)...12.8% of the US population and 39% of US prison population (http://www.swivel.com/charts/2284-Percent-of-U-S-Prison-Population-by-Ra...) , whole lot of profiling going on I'm sure. Who are you protecting yourself from in your gated community? I'll wager if you have kids they attend a private school. If you are in Grant Valley the population is 91.5% white and .4% black (http://www.citymelt.com/city/Minnesota/Grant+Valley+Township-MN.html). I will also wager that you pretend to be just one of the fellas with your white clients and friends, it is a shame they don't really know you... what a hypocrite! "The South provides cheap labor but, does not contribute significantly to research and development, intellectual property, or finance of any of those industries." , surely you are either confused or a complete moron. Have you ever heard of NASA, Georgia Tech, Booker T Washington......

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Moochzilla 01/21/10 - 02:15 pm
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Persoanlly, I'd be more than

Persoanlly, I'd be more than happy to let the South realize its dream and secede. I think that platform would win a candidate the South, the Northeast, the Upper Midwest, and the West Coast.

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Kudzu2 01/21/10 - 03:00 pm
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Hmmmm,

Hmmmm, http://www.rense.com/general68/secede.htm looks like Vermont beat us to it.

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/21/10 - 07:14 pm
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Deleting comments now? So

Deleting comments now? So what exactly did the paper think when they opened a comment section on a story like this?

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historian 01/21/10 - 07:15 pm
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Sounds like people really got

Sounds like people really got OFF SUBJECT and have turned to proving NA wrong. I like how no one addressed what I said. We have a number of events and organizations with the word "Black" and "African American" in them, but the key is that they don't exclude people outside of that race. The focus is on racial minorities, but NOTHING IS BLACK ONLY. All this talk about crime and seceding is great and all, but we're talking about a sports group who has chosen exclusion because of the negativity displayed by a handful of minorities. Once again people, NOTHING IS BLACK ONLY. Not Black Greek orgs, not HBCUs (and therefore not the UNCF), not churches, not the NAACP--do I need to go on?

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Lawpig 01/21/10 - 08:18 pm
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Hoax. This is the only paper

Hoax. This is the only paper in America printing this story. Every other paper is sourcing to the Chronicle. This guy is putting us all on. What a racist jerk.

NorthernAggressor
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NorthernAggressor 01/21/10 - 08:19 pm
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Kudz, NASA is a federal

Kudz,
NASA is a federal department. Its part of the whole North paying more in federal taxes than the South but, the south getting more back. See my earlier post with those stats. The South did not create NASA, I beleive it was A President from Kansas.BTW, the biggest private contractor is Boeing, a Chicago based company.=========Georgia Tech, another publicly funded institution, you can thank me later. One reason Tech is successful may be tied to the fact that it was the first deep south school to open its doors to blacks without needing a court order. Again, utilizing all the talent available and ignoring the racists, it quickly advanced. =====Booker T Washington Institute. Let's see a black man, historically black institute, federal dollars. Successful because from the beginning it was about uplifting the oppressed citizens to become productive, many having to move to the North because educated blacks were considered 'dangerous' by whites in the South. This is the best you can do to thump you chest? See my next post for an example from my one state alone.

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NorthernAggressor 01/21/10 - 08:34 pm
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Alright Kudz, here in

Alright Kudz, here in Minnesota we have the following companies that are not government institutions, lead the world in their industry, and would thrive without the South just as well:
United Health, Target, SuperValu, Best Buy, 3M, US Bancorp, Medtronic, Ameriprise Financial, General Mills, Land O Lakes, Hormel, Eco Lab, Xcel Energy, Imation, Alliant Tech Systems, Polaris, Toro, St Jude Medical, and the best hospital and research center in the world- Mayo Clinic.

Try again moron. Point is, other places have moved on beyond the race superiority thing and have left the South in the dust. Instead of looking at integration and education as something helpful, you look at it as the problem and point to all of the negativity. Well keep it up.

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yepjustlikethat 01/21/10 - 08:40 pm
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W00T W00T! Gooooooooooooooo

W00T W00T! Gooooooooooooooo Obama GO!! Woot!!!!!!!!!!!

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Megaz0 01/21/10 - 08:41 pm
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For starters, I don't really

For starters, I don't really think this is raicst however, from reading the article the guy running this thing seems to imply that Whites are the only one's capable of playing B-ball fundamentally which to me in fact sounds racist. If it wasn't racist in some small way then i think instead rules would have just been revised to make the gameplay focus on fundamentals but not the race and nationality of the guys playing. I don't think there's anything wrong with an all white B-ball team or assosiation but the concept its based upon has some issues. And yes there are all black organizations in college sports but they don't go sayig blacks jump higher so it makes for a better game you get what I'm saying?

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riceroni 01/21/10 - 08:57 pm
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reb007 - You care to mention

reb007 - You care to mention that 98% of serial killers are white. You a pathetic bigot it's that simple and America is a much stronger and unified society without your type.

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historian 01/21/10 - 09:04 pm
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There are NOT all Black

There are NOT all Black organizations in college sports. A team during a season may have team with Black players, but no one is EVER rejected based on race. ...........................Once again, it's about exclusion.

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johnnywalker 01/21/10 - 09:08 pm
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Let it happen! No more

Let it happen! No more racist, than the NAACP!!! What does the N stand for??? Oh yes, I forgot, negro, short for negroid. Even they use it!

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ballaboveall 01/21/10 - 09:08 pm
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Watching this league would be

Watching this league would be totally like watching the 60 year old run at the local YMCA on a Saturday morning. Bbbooooorrrrrrrriiingggg.

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johnnywalker 01/21/10 - 09:39 pm
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About like watching the

About like watching the present bunch of monkeys playing in the NBA!

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corgimom 01/21/10 - 09:43 pm
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Tasha, guess what. You don't

Tasha, guess what. You don't want to "work for you ignorant people"? It's that same "ignorant people" who are paying taxes to fund YOUR college education, sweetie. You ought to think about that. And I think it's probably best that you don't work for white people, because with your racist, entitlement attitude, you'd last about 5 minutes. So yes, you are making the right choice. Good luck to you. Be sure and bone up in your psychology class about "narcissism" and "blaming everything on other people" and "immaturity". That will serve you well.

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NorthernAggressor 01/21/10 - 09:49 pm
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johnnywalker, the NAACP is

johnnywalker, the NAACP is not a racist or black organization. If it wasn't for discrimination in America, there wouldn't be a need for it. There are no monkeys that play in the NBA.
Corgimom, I hope you enjoy our tax dollars which fund everything in the South. Send me a thank you card this spring.

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johnnywalker 01/21/10 - 09:55 pm
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agressor, try to get on leno.

agressor, try to get on leno. you are definitely a jokester!

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bettyboop 01/21/10 - 09:55 pm
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so some scud from

so some scud from minn-a-sooota (who the hell would live in that God forsaken place?) comes on here and Tries to tell the fine folkes from the South (Gods Country) whats what???...lol those idiots do not know when to come in from the snow....hey NA....thanks for the laughs...you are a hoot!!.....you frozen piece of cow poop............(psttt you are [filtered word] that you have to live in such misery ya??? you betcha !!!)

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