From Georgia, With Segregated Love: A Whites-Only Basketball League…?

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Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in "White Men Can't Jump".

In the NBA, anyone who’s good enough, from any nationality, race, or creed, can play. So why do we have a new league that’s proposing to be exclusively “white”?

Ask Don “Moose” Lewis, commissioner of The All-American Basketball Alliance. Lewis wants to set up a “whites only” basketball league which is set to start in 12 cities this summer. It also bans players born outside of the U.S. Why exactly?

The league released a statement:

“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.  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.

Fans have spoken to the AABA asking to restore on court sanity to the game of basketball. 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.”

In a recent interview, Mr. Lewis stated:

“There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing.  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.”

He brought up the recent incidents the NBA has been faced with, like Gilbert Arenas’ indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as an example of many fans disgusted with the way professional sports are run these days:

“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.”

So making this league all-white and US-born would solve that problem? This guy must be smokin’ something righteous.

OR… this is a complete fake out, an empty publicity stunt with the sole intent of yanking the chain of liberals to minorities to anyone to voted for Obama. The press release was dated January 18… otherwise known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In an AP interview, Mr. Lewis explains why the racial divide is necessary to get back to “fundamental basketball” as he calls it:

“…whites basically generally in basketball are more fundamentally sound, the ones that are better players, because they do not quite have the natural athleticism, you’re not going to see the dunks, you’re not going to see all those kinds of things.”


Mr. Lewis sprinkles his discourse with conservative extremist codewords and phrases like “fundamental”, “nostalgia” and “how things used to be”. He compares the appeal of a racially-singular sports league to the Soul Train Awards as a “black-oriented award thing”.

Is this an elaborate joke or is this for real?

What do you think?

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