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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SMenta
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SMenta 01/23/10 - 10:40 am
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Your article on the "all

Your article on the "all white bball team" is a set-up for simpletons. This is a cruel hoax to associate race with the term natural born citizen, which is a constitutional term, which has no race association. This is preemptive deceit to protect the ineligible (father Kenyan, born British citizen) installed usurper president Obama from public understanding of the simple concept that a natural born US citizen has 2 US citizen parents and is born on US soil, such as Lt. Col Allen West, a proud African American natural born citizen fully eligible for office. Do not fall for this hoax.

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SMenta 01/23/10 - 10:53 am
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In order to be a "natural

In order to be a "natural born Citizen," you must have been born in the U.S. to a mother and father who are also U.S. citizens. I do not see any race or color in those qualifications. This hoax article is nothing but a desperate attempt at playing the race card in the Obama eligibility issue. It is a loathsome attempt at that. It is demagoguery at its best and pure race bating. What is the writer saying, that we are supposed to give Obama a pass because he is "black?" The writer should should just get over the fact that Obama does not qualify for the Office of President, not because of his race or th

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55 F-100 01/23/10 - 11:28 am
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To be precise and correct,

To be precise and correct, Obama is "mulatto".

Billyds999
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Billyds999 01/23/10 - 12:14 pm
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oh man. I was beginning to

oh man. I was beginning to think there was hope for this short white boy....

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/23/10 - 12:17 pm
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no one uses the term

no one uses the term "mulatto" anymore. I guess i will have to give u guys a history lesson.

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/23/10 - 12:20 pm
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"Calling such people

"Calling such people "mulattoes," from the Spanish word meaning "mule," insinuated that blacks and whites, though related, were close to being separate species, as a mule is the offspring of a horse and a donkey. Using this term in letters, legislative enactments, court opinions, and other documents seems to have been more wishful thinking than anything remotely descriptive. The English colonist, and their predecessors, knew that the analogy did not work. Mules, evidently as a consequence of their mixed parentage, are sterile. Children born to one black parent and one white parent are not, barring some personal physical impairment." Annette Gordon Reed. Futhermore, people mixed with native american and african were also referred as mulattoes before and after the revolutionary period.

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MarshCroaked 01/23/10 - 12:21 pm
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Deerhunter, you are correct.

Deerhunter, you are correct. The term for mulatto/mutt is now Mr President.

Wonko the Sane
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Wonko the Sane 01/23/10 - 12:50 pm
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You should be able to use the

You should be able to use the term "All-American" in your title if you are not going to be representative of All of America.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 01/23/10 - 03:02 pm
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There is a game next Saturday

There is a game next Saturday between the Nashville Rednecks and the Augusta Moonshinners.

hakeem1
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hakeem1 01/23/10 - 11:04 pm
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Racism is when one group

Racism is when one group oppresses another group who has no power; however, what we have here is white supremacy. A lot of white people relegate all blacks to the worst attributes of a small group of individuals in the race. If the same standard applied, then whites would be redneck, trailer park living, child molesting, drug infested, mass murderers, welfare recipients. If blacks were lifted to the status of Obama, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Harriet Tubman, Hallie Berry, Flo Jo, George Washington Carver, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Oprah, Alicia Keyes, Beyonce, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Hallie Sallasie, Thurgood Marshall, Bob Marley, Sorjourner Truth, Fredrick Douglass, Jim Brown, Serena Williams, Hank Aaron, Harry Belafonte, then we would be considered the jewel of the world. God created us in different colors to know each other, not hate. The best is he who acts the best. God is The Supreme and to him is our return.

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55 F-100 01/24/10 - 07:37 am
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Regarding your "history

Regarding your "history lesson", deerhunter. The Webster's Dictionary definition is : 1. the first generation offspring of a Negro and a white. 2. a person of mixed Caucasian and Negro ancestry. You can keep your history lesson and I'll stand by the dictionary definition of mullato.

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Riverman1 01/24/10 - 08:50 am
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There have always been black

There have always been black and white leagues of all kinds and that hasn't changed. Churches, clubs and organizations are often of one race today. A few years ago, in Columbia County, a black man was not allowed to use the gym at Patriots Park for a league for black kids and after a bitter Commission meeting he was allowed to. The Commission Chairman at that time, Pete Brodie, remarked Columbia County didn't tolerate racism and led the approval for the use. I admired Pete and wondered if it was racist to approve the all black league? Or was it simply a realization that we do some things that exclude other races and it's not meant to be racist or offensive?

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TheDeerhunter 01/24/10 - 09:41 am
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55 F-100. I'm looking at an

55 F-100. I'm looking at an old webster's new world dictionary and hmmmm...i can't seem to find the word Mullato.

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leaveitatthedoor 01/24/10 - 09:45 am
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im not sure this will fly at

im not sure this will fly at all but whats the difference in having a miss black america pagent and having an all white basketball team...this is the day and time where even a half black man can become president. Are white people no longer to have dreams in this country? i mean the masters golf club still prevents women from joining their club -- how much of a discrimination suit do you need?????

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Riverman1 01/24/10 - 10:16 am
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Let's not all have the knee

Let's not all have the knee jerk reaction and try our best to show how much we abhor the idea when the facts are we have games that were played last night in the CSRA where every player was of one race. If you don't believe me go to a Paine College, Laney or Josey game. Go to an Augusta Prep, Briarwood or Brentwood game. Something to think about.

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TheDeerhunter 01/24/10 - 11:03 am
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good point river. As an asu

good point river. As an asu student i love watching our players that come from many races/backgrounds (white australians, white irish, half-black/white, black, white, half-black/hispanic etc)

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L.A.1 01/24/10 - 02:46 pm
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This Moose guy is a disgrace.

This Moose guy is a disgrace. There are lots ot rumors about his connections with white supremacy groups. Are there any articles or documents that could prove those connections?

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spenserious 01/24/10 - 02:55 pm
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Clutch Caucasians: Pure as

Clutch Caucasians: Pure as Driven Snow.
A Brief History of Snowball
http://www.vimeo.com/8651160

This video is dedicated to Chuck Cooper, Nat Clifton, and Earl Lloyd, the NBA's first African American players.

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MyOpinion21 01/24/10 - 03:56 pm
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First let me say that Deke

First let me say that Deke has choses the path of less resistance the same reason why we nave so many "Black Only" publications, tv shows, pageants etc. As soon as there is mention of an All-White anything, then the NAACP and others raise a big fuss...and get their way. When the issue is an all-black anything - it's alright? Double standard You bet-cha. I don't even like basketball but feel that if someone wants to start an all white team, they have the right to do so. If this isn't allowed, then all of the All-Black or Black only things must be shut down. While I am at it, as long as we have Miss. Black America, we should also have Miss. White America, the White Only Business Partners Phone Book, WETV White Entertainment TV without harrassment from black americans claiming racisim.

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TheDeerhunter 01/24/10 - 04:43 pm
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MyOpinion2 on Sun Jan 24,

MyOpinion2 on Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:56 PM...you are in denial.

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Bongo.Congo 01/24/10 - 07:03 pm
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Oh man.....white men can't

Oh man.....white men can't jump.......but you think about it.....hmmmm might not be so bad, it'll sure cut down on broken backboards.... and BO.....

Bongo.Congo
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Bongo.Congo 01/24/10 - 07:03 pm
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Oh man.....white men can't

Oh man.....white men can't jump.......but you think about it.....hmmmm might not be so bad, it'll sure cut down on broken backboards.... and BO.....

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doneeeee2000 01/24/10 - 09:32 pm
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blacks put their money toward

blacks put their money toward things that will advance them, I say lets do the same. It is time to look out for ourselves, just like every other race. Political correctness has tied our hands. Minorities get away with far more then we do. You cannot hold down one race to raise others and call it equality. As long as you have affirmative action and other policies rewarding some solely because of race then you keep race alive.

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TakeAstand 01/24/10 - 09:37 pm
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^5

^5

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Harrisburgsurvivor 01/24/10 - 11:12 pm
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The reason that so much of

The reason that so much of the black culture has gone to the gutter is because of generational welfare and a sense of entitlement. I for one am glad that people are showing their offense of the ghetto culture. Their are however well spoken, well behaved black people who assimilate into at large culture. They should be able to play ball with other decent players.

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hakeem1 01/24/10 - 11:35 pm
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White genetic annialation is

White genetic annialation is what you fear. There are more people of color on the earth than whites and we are reproducing at a greater growth rate. The at large culture is black. Wherever you go there will be black, brown, red, yellow, and white people. All come from black according to scientists and anthropologists. We are one family. White is the absence of color-albinoism-but you are part of the family also.

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hakeem1 01/25/10 - 12:09 am
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Rape, lynching, slavery, Jim

Rape, lynching, slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, discrimination, miseducation, subjugation, intimidation, racism, 3/5 compromise, KKK, Willie Lynch, police brutality, inequality, genocide, AIDS, crack cocaine, unemployment, glass ceilings, felony, prisons, auction blocks, seperated families, reading forbidden, etc. 400 years of this madness and we are ghetto??!! It's a blessing from God that we survived and are making great strides at that. We have gone through what no other people have gone through. Affirmative action, Miss Black America, or anything else that you can come up with can't compensate the loss that we as a people have incurred. Beware of the oppressed because God will hear them and give them whatever they have a right to.

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nofrills 01/25/10 - 06:01 am
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Can you feel the hate? Why is

Can you feel the hate? Why is it that we can have a all black college and a black history week and all black basketball but you don't think this fellow has the right to put a all white team together? Nobody said you had to play on it or you had to support it. That's your choice. He has the same rights as you and that's the main problem here. You think because you don't agree with it then it shouldn't be allowed. If everybody would just recognize this guys has rights to and then ignore him and his endeavor.

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RocknRoll 01/25/10 - 06:49 am
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African Americans make up

African Americans make up 12.8 percent of the population and commit 85 percent of the crime in America ... Look it up .... The facts speak for themselves ...

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cheeringonthedawgs 01/25/10 - 07:17 am
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i think it is terrible that

i think it is terrible that everything is based on race. its black history month, is there a white history month or a scotch irish history month or jewish history month. why is it so hard to swallow that there should be an all white basketball league or an all white football league. it is not that the whole sport is like that just one little league. every body gets so uptight when you start separating. why is there a black miss america and not a white miss america pageant? make up your mind but it should be fair across the board not so one sided.

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