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All-American Basketball League is for whites only ... so not really an accurate name

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Who would have possibly thought that a basketball league only for white people would cause any trouble?

Apparently not the All-American Basketball League, which announced in a news release that it hopes to kick off it's inaugural season this summer in the Southeast.

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

Don "Moose" Lewis, the league's commissioner, says that the reason for the exclusion isn't racially motivated.

"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."
Again, he claims this isn't racism.

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I think it's interesting that this is a big deal. I understand the national that is perceived in the media, but the race issue is only an issue because the media makes it one. Take the Miss Black America padgent for example- does the media say that it's wrong or racist to keep whites (or Hispanics, or native Americans, or people of Asian descent) out of it? No, they applaud it as a step towards racial equality. Now a group of whites want to play basketball- a sport that is dominated by blacks- in their own league and the media hates them for it. That sounds like a media spin to me. If the media didn't cover it, no one would have cared a bit about it. But, as it is, some members of the media are equating it to the KKK and other hate organizations. It would seem to me that some white guys who can't make it to the NBA or would not see the floor because they are not as good as the blacks on the teams want to play in a traveling league. Why not let them?

It's about time white people started defending themselves. Why should anyone be offended by an all-white b-ball league when the men's United States (UNITED STATES mind you) Olympic Basketball team was ALL-BLACK. One more time, ALL BLACK. No one said a word then. Why should they now?

Maybe I'm just not sitting in the right sections, but I have yet to deal with "a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch." And I'm pretty sure all colors of skin do the aforementioned. It's harder to play in a 12-city basketball league then get elected into government. Life's rough.

Big difference. The U.S. Olympic Team has racially fluctuated. The first Dream Team had Chris Mullen and Larry Bird, among other whites. Two, the racial makeup was not determined by league restrictions...it was determined by SKILL. In the "regular" Mrs. America, there have been black competitors and they've won by their looks and talents. The purpose of Miss black america is not to fence off white ladies...it's to celebrate the DIVERSITY of looks within the black community.

The All-American Basketball League and its focus on a supposed "fundamental" style of basketball is a coverup euphemism for racism. It's the new code word. Fundamental means white...streetball means black...and that's how it's being played. Which is stupid, because there's plenty of fundamentally sound black players and plenty of streetball-only white players out there. The fact that the league is being made up this way should shame any of the players inside it...they'll forever carry the mark of not being good enough to play in the NBA or ABA or foreign leagues, so they have to essentially "fence off" their little sandbox to be able to play. They can't hack it with the TRUE best players in the world, so they make a baby league for "whites" to play. PATHETIC.

They can play Princeton. It's Georgia, dude. No surprise.

I wish them luck. If people will pay to see the all-american Basketball league more power to them. Isn't this how pro basketball started before integration. Boy was it fundamental and exciting. I am not going to be baited into an us or them argument. This is America give it a try.

I don't have anything against an all-white league, and I am black. If this promoter just said he wants to have white faces for audiences who appreciate just white faces, fine. But he tries to distinguish this league by the type of ball played. So white Pistol Pete Maravich didn't play street ball? Would he be welcome in the league? So I didn't witness a white, Laker player grab his crotch and direct it at a heckler? There are no black players who play "fundabmental basketball?" Is he racist? Maybe not. Perhaps he just didn't want to say that they average white basketball player doesn't compete on the same level as the average black basketball player. Was that racist?

Hey Darnell...if they could defend themselves or anyone else, they'd be playing in the NBA...

The Olympic team was all black because the best players were all black. And if they'd been all white because the best players were all white, fine. You and Adolf should get together and sneer at Jessie Owens.

We used to have white only sports leagues. They were called Major League Baseball, the NFL and the the NBA.

Ignore the "Moose" and his silly racist experiment and it will pass into obscurity where it belongs.

Welcome to the AABL on FOX. Sponsored by Lipton. John Rocker as commissioner.

Players will shoot at peach baskets, with a center jump after every goal. Shots from behind the arc only count for 3 points if it's a proper set shot. No dunking under any circumstances, as it stirs the blood.

WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK! WAAAAAAA!!!!

I tend to think the idea is kind of stupid, but then again, I think all of this affirmative action is stupid. As long as AA is allowed in business, and as long as it is used against Caucasian people in coaching jobs, it should apply to the players of the sports as well. What is good for the goose....

When Augusta mayor, Duke Copenhaver, begins a campaign toward opening the doors of the many "Black Only" institutions (Universities, TV Networks, Pageants, etc., etc.) to "White Americans", then, and only then, will this guy admonish Don Lewis regarding his efforts to establish an "All White Basketball League"...

Not likely, though, that Copenhaver would take up such a challenge, so kinda' hope the dip-shite goes to hell...

And I wish Don Lewis both all the luck in the world and hope that he succeeds.

Catch ya' later,
Mike

If I recall correctly, one of the best players in the "And 1" street ball series was a player called "The Professor" (Grayson Bocher) - a white guy with mad handles that broke the ankles of many a brother in their games ( www.graysonboucher.net/ ).


Also the rules state:
"Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league,"

So if a white couple adopts a black young man who was born in the United States, theorhetically, he could play in the league ?

Dear All,

Rather than ramble on about the rights versus the wrongs of having an "All White Basketball league", would just like to say that for close to five decades the blacks have pretty much been running the show... Sadly, they've never been content with our elected leadership and seem to thrive on dips like Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Marty King, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc., etc., to do their bullying for them. "Including" bullying their way into the Nation Sports Arenas. And can someone tell me why we American tax payers have to pay for the existence of a "Congressional Black Caucus"...???

It's been suggested that the blacks are superior to whites when it comes to sports, but the truth is that white kids, who have honed their talents (Yes, very much including basketball) through Grammar School, High School and College, only to find themselves weeded out of the "System" (Read the 3rd paragraph) in their Junior or Senior years of those Colleges. To satisfy the vicious underground "Black Agenda" that rules the show... Bugs me because I enjoy it when the "Hoop It Up" tournaments come to town. The kids come from all over, and it's a pleasure to watch the "White" kids run absolute rings around the best that the "Blacks" have to offer. "White" kids who could put Michael Jordon to shame. So Please...! Don't anyone give me that "Uppity Black Superior Crap"...

Though I remain confused as to why so many blacks put up with these self-proclaimed black leaders, with their Rolex watches, Limos, hugh expense accounts that they've bilked from their own people and other millions they've bilked out of intimidated Corporations who would rather anti-up on huge settlements then drag their Companies through long, drawn our trials to answer to "Trumped Up Discrimination Charges" by the likes of Jesse Jackson and other "Black Leaders"...

For the life of me, I do not understand why this "Silent Majority" of the African American community does'nt stand up to these bullies. I've no doubt that if I were to drive over to Massachusetts, stand atop a soap box at "Boston Commons", and then rant and rave for an hour or two on whatever injustices befell the Irish during their history, I would last just that... About two hours before I'd be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail. And those carrying that rail would bear such names as , O'Malley, McCourt, Plimpton and Reardon... And I'm sure most, if not all, other ethic groups in this awesome US of A would act in similar fashion if one of their member's also took to a soap box....

It's quite difficult to explain to some of you younger one's out there what it has has been like for those of us Americans who experienced our lives both during the wonderful & peaceful decades prior to the assassination of President Kennedy and the turbulent, violent and despicable decades old behavior to follow. Behavior attributed, primarily, to blacks, beginning with their murder of JFK (Do an "MSN" or BING" search with "James Jarman, Jr., Assassin" being the key words), and for the 45 years to follow that malevolent and malicious act... What was JFK's crime...? He had the audacity of offering an olive branch to the blacks in the form of a Civil Rights Bill and was rewarded by having the back of his head blown out... In front of his wife.

It is equally difficult to explain the frustration (And, yes, even the hurt...), especially with regard to those of us who had relatives who served in the American Civil War, but also to many generations of American whites for the absolute, total and complete lack of appreciation extended to this fine Nation by the blacks for the sacrifices made to right a devious wrong... Slavery... A wrong perpetuated by the collaboration of both the Tribal leaders of Africa and Jewish merchants of an era beginning prior to the American Revolution.

Allowing ourselves to give credit to a young and fledging Nation we now know of as the United States of America, and it's difficult years following the win over Britain, the fact that it took us only about a decade less than 100 years to gather (From scratch) the resources' to tackle this wrong is testament to an incredible Nation that, without any doubt, had it's wonderful heart in the right place...

And the additional fact that, in the close to 15 decades (145 years...) since the end of the American Civil War, not one single black (Including the Liberal's precious Barack Obama) has ever acknowledged, "Thanked" or even come close to showing any level of appreciation or respect toward the "359,528" Union soldiers who died on so many battlefields to insure a better life for the black man... Sacrifices which caused much suffering to family members of those incredible Union Soldiers... Family members that, surely, must have amounted in the millions... It's appropriate to add here that "275,175" Union Soldiers were wounded... Most severely.

It was a time in American History for the black man to embrace the love, the support and the "Blood, Sweat & Tears" provided to them by the awesome people of the United States. Not only to express it, but to pass that expression onto succeeding generations... In this, their failure has been complete...

The only reward received by those Union soldiers, their families and this great Nation is "Contempt" by the black psyche that continues to ferment within their own family lives and, much to the woe of the predominantly European American populace here in the USA, propagate itself into the American mainstream...

Sincerest regards,
Mike Regan

Dear All,

Rather than ramble on about the rights versus the wrongs of having an "All White Basketball league", would just like to say that for close to five decades the blacks have pretty much been running the show... Sadly, they've never been content with our elected leadership and seem to thrive on dips like Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Marty King, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc., etc., to do their bullying for them. "Including" bullying their way into the Nation Sports Arenas. And can someone tell me why we American tax payers have to pay for the existence of a "Congressional Black Caucus"...???

It's been suggested that the blacks are superior to whites when it comes to sports, but the truth is that white kids, who have honed their talents (Yes, very much including basketball) through Grammar School, High School and College, only to find themselves weeded out of the "System" (Read the 3rd paragraph) in their Junior or Senior years of those Colleges. To satisfy the vicious underground "Black Agenda" that rules the show... Bugs me because I enjoy it when the "Hoop It Up" tournaments come to town. The kids come from all over, and it's a pleasure to watch the "White" kids run absolute rings around the best that the "Blacks" have to offer. "White" kids who could put Michael Jordon to shame. So Please...! Don't anyone give me that "Uppity Black Superior Crap"...

Though I remain confused as to why so many blacks put up with these self-proclaimed black leaders, with their Rolex watches, Limos, hugh expense accounts that they've bilked from their own people and other millions they've bilked out of intimidated Corporations who would rather anti-up on huge settlements then drag their Companies through long, drawn our trials to answer to "Trumped Up Discrimination Charges" by the likes of Jesse Jackson and other "Black Leaders"...

For the life of me, I do not understand why this "Silent Majority" of the African American community does'nt stand up to these bullies. I've no doubt that if I were to drive over to Massachusetts, stand atop a soap box at "Boston Commons", and then rant and rave for an hour or two on whatever injustices befell the Irish during their history, I would last just that... About two hours before I'd be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail. And those carrying that rail would bear such names as , O'Malley, McCourt, Plimpton and Reardon... And I'm sure most, if not all, other ethic groups in this awesome US of A would act in similar fashion if one of their member's also took to a soap box....

It's quite difficult to explain to some of you younger one's out there what it has has been like for those of us Americans who experienced our lives both during the wonderful & peaceful decades prior to the assassination of President Kennedy and the turbulent, violent and despicable decades old behavior to follow. Behavior attributed, primarily, to blacks, beginning with their murder of JFK (Do an "MSN" or BING" search with "James Jarman, Jr., Assassin" being the key words), and for the 45 years to follow that malevolent and malicious act... What was JFK's crime...? He had the audacity of offering an olive branch to the blacks in the form of a Civil Rights Bill and was rewarded by having the back of his head blown out... In front of his wife.

It is equally difficult to explain the frustration (And, yes, even the hurt...), especially with regard to those of us who had relatives who served in the American Civil War, but also to many generations of American whites for the absolute, total and complete lack of appreciation extended to this fine Nation by the blacks for the sacrifices made to right a devious wrong... Slavery... A wrong perpetuated by the collaboration of both the Tribal leaders of Africa and Jewish merchants of an era beginning prior to the American Revolution.

Allowing ourselves to give credit to a young and fledging Nation we now know of as the United States of America, and it's difficult years following the win over Britain, the fact that it took us only about a decade less than 100 years to gather (From scratch) the resources' to tackle this wrong is testament to an incredible Nation that, without any doubt, had it's wonderful heart in the right place...

And the additional fact that, in the close to 15 decades (145 years...) since the end of the American Civil War, not one single black (Including the Liberal's precious Barack Obama) has ever acknowledged, "Thanked" or even come close to showing any level of appreciation or respect toward the "359,528" Union soldiers who died on so many battlefields to insure a better life for the black man... Sacrifices which caused much suffering to family members of those incredible Union Soldiers... Family members that, surely, must have amounted in the millions... It's appropriate to add here that "275,175" Union Soldiers were wounded... Most severely.

It was a time in American History for the black man to embrace the love, the support and the "Blood, Sweat & Tears" provided to them by the awesome people of the United States. Not only to express it, but to pass that expression onto succeeding generations... In this, their failure has been complete...

The only reward received by those Union soldiers, their families and this great Nation is "Contempt" by the black psyche that continues to ferment within their own family lives and, much to the woe of the predominantly European American populace here in the USA, propagate itself into the American mainstream...

Sincerest regards,
Mike Regan

@S.Q

This is a big deal because it's racist...White people made racism what it is today..What goes around comes around..You talked about the Miss Black America Pageant. The reason why there was a miss black pageant was because no blacks were allowed to compete for the Miss USA Pageant..That is why it was created in 1968..Blacks were not allowed to even drink from the same water fountain as whites.. You or anybody white should be allowed to complain...400 years you had your way...What goes around comes around..Now white want their own basketball league because they are not good enough to play in the NBA..It is not the blacks fault bc you suck!!! GET BETTER!!

S.Q. There is a major difference between the Miss Black America Pageant and the White B-Ball league. The description of the MBAP in no way forbids non-blacks from entering, while the White League specifically forbids non-whites from playing and gives specific reasons, ie. non-whites play basketball in a bad way, and they are scary and dangerous. That would be the equivalent of the MBAP forbiding whites to enter because they are all ugly or something stupid like that.

I think the reason the MBAP is ok, and why a black TV channel is ok, and why a black music awards show is ok, is because popular media is filled with a vast majority of white people. So black kids growing up in poor areas made up of mostly blacks don't have any black role models to look up to. Since blacks have historically been marginalized its important for them to be able to take pride in who they are and not feel like an enslaved people.

Im sure that all of the white players in and outside the NBA don't share the sentiment behind the All- American league. The NBA is about team-work but the NBA will stil maintain and still excel without the slow-down of rascist black-white lockeroon politics. The NBA IS for All- Americans, black and white and has no racial restrictions or boundaries. The AABL is nothing more than an acryonm like MADD ,USA, AAA or KKK. Whats ironic is that no matter how many rascist leave the NBA they won't abandon the money , endorsements and advertisment deals made at the greatest sports alliance in the world.


Why go Backward? (Stop living in the Past!)
An open letter to Don "Moose" Lewis, the Georgia community, and the world at large.
By Corey Washington


Regardless of what you think about Martin Luther King Day, many recognize that day as a time to reflect on how far the United States has come concerning race relations. So when a news story came out of the Augusta Chronicle on Martin Luther King day of 2010, most people thought it was a sick joke. Don "Moose" Lewis, the commissioner of an all-white basketball league, released a press release to the Augusta Chronicle, that expressed interest in Augusta, Georgia as one of the cities for this all-white league.


According to the press release of the AABA (All-American Basketball Alliance), the only players who qualify are "natural born US citizens with both parents of the Caucasian race". When asked why the restriction on color, Lewis said that the NBA is shutting out many white players. Lewis wants the AABA to focus on basketball fundamentals instead of the typical "streetball" played by "people of color". Lewis cited recent events involving the gun charges of Gilbert Arenas and past events in the NBA involving black players as a reason for an all-white league. Lewis claims that it will be automatically safer for patrons if all of the players are white. He goes on to state that fans would not have to worry about players flipping them off, attacking them, or grabbing their crotch. (Don't go to a baseball or hockey game) it's obvious that Lewis is referring to the incident at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neil, and Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers got into physical altercations with white Detroit Pistons fans in the stands. What Lewis fails to mention is that it was the drunken and obnoxious behavior of the fans that provoked the incident. (Someone threw a cup of beer at Ron Artest.) Clearly, those NBA players crossed the line, but those fans also went way beyond being spectators.


Let's look at Lewis' other line of reasoning for wanting an all-white league, the issue of streetball versus fundamentals. While it is true that the NBA has its share of showmen, those who are the best players know when to hotdog and went to stick to the fundamentals. Players like Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, and Michael Jordan come to mind. They were very flashy at times, but very effective. They worked on basketball fundamentals first, then they developed and honed their skills in order to even have the option of performing more complex maneuvers. When the game was on the line, they were all business. My favorite player, Dominique Wilkins, was known as one of the most flamboyant players in the NBA. However, his greatest moment was a duel with the fundamentally sound Larry Bird. In Game seven of the 1988 NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, these two small forwards went back and forth and played a game of basketball at such a high level, that it moved the legendary and fundamentally sound coach, Red Auerbach to declare: "Greatest quarter I ever saw in 42 years in the NBA". Then you have non-flashy black players like: Kareem Abdul Jabar, Craig Hodges, Tim Duncan, Oscar Robertson, and even Wilt Chamberlain. All of these players were very fundamentally sound in their positions. On the other hand, you have flashy white players like: Pistol Pete Maravich, Steve Nash, Jason Williams (white chocolate), Da Professor (streetball And One legend), Rex Chapman, and Brent Barry(the only white winner of a NBA slam dunk contest-1996).


I mention all of these players to show that you cannot categorize basketball fundamentals according to race. According to Lewis, he subscribes to the Jimmy "the Greek" Synder theory of blacks being "natural athletes". He says people of color can "make up for their shortfall in fundamentals, with their natural athleticism".(He has obviously never heard of Harold Miner.) Let's be perfectly clear. You have to be fundamentally sound to make it to the professional level of any sport. Coaches want people who are going to help them win. It's not like in college, where you are limited to selecting from your student body. Professional leagues attract the best players. If all of those players happen to be white, then so be it. If they happen to be all black, same rule applies. If there is a mixture races, then so be it. As long as you put together the best team, that's all that counts.


With Augusta's murky and tempestuous past concerning race relations, one begs to wonder: Why select Augusta? Ray Charles refused to perform at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia because of segregation. When they agreed to desegregate, he came back and fulfilled his obligation. Desegregation of education has also been very messy here in Augusta. Even in 1899 (Cumming versus Richmond County Board of Education), this issue garnered national attention, going all the way to the Supreme Court. This case shot down an attempt to close white high schools until they reopened black ones. This was three years after Plessy versus Ferguson, which gave us the "separate but equal" doctrine, thus clearing the way for state imposed segregation. With Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka in 1954 making segregated schools illegal under the "equal protection" clause of the law, how would Augusta respond to this landmark case? Not very well!


The Richmond County school system had to be sued by a group of private citizens to force them to desegregate the schools. That was in 1964, 10 years after Brown versus Board of Education. It wasn't until the 1970s, that Augusta's Board of Education finally came up with a plan for desegregation. As of this writing, Augusta is still under a federal court order for the desegregation of its schools.


We have not even mentioned one of Augusta's ugliest racial incidents, the riot of May 1970. We are approaching the 40th year anniversary of the riot. On May 11, 2010, Augusta will mark the anniversary, not with joy and celebration, but with somber reflection and forethought. With all of these issues of the past, not to mention the current uncertainty of the racial make up of the County Commission, do you think Augusta is ready for an all-white basketball league? If you think so, please go back and read this article over from the beginning. In fact, keep reading it until you join the rest of us in the present, and stop living in the past!
Corey Washington


(Author of Plain Talk volume 1)

To All:
The question should really be, who is better at the game? Orignally, basketball was invented so that one could have a game to enjoy indoors and in a small space. (Dr. James Naismith)
Instead of creating a "All White Boy" league, why not create a minor league with set parameters, thus excluding the color issue.
This current decision has stirred up so many folks because its unconstitutional. Are we really willing to sacrifice all that we have worked for to build up our own pride? Do we need to have something to cling too because we can't admit that maybe, maybe we are just not good at some things? Why does it have to come down to who or "what type of people" are better at what. Its like watching 3rd graders get upset because they cant all play a 5 on 5. So the 4 that get excluded take their ball and play in the hoops with no net.
Stop arguing like 10 year olds and start inventing better solutions for the problem.

So we'll now have the NWBA(National White Basketball Association) & the NBBA(National Black Basketball Association)...ok...well, I don't see anything wrong with that...except, didn't we already settle the seperate but equal issue..?? I mean, I'm white & played basketball, baseball, football & ran track in high school.. Sure, there was the occasional athlete that was big & strong & could do this & do that..but it boiled down to WORK !! If they didn't put in the work they didn't win the job.As I travel Anerica I see black kids outside playing basketball, riding bikes, running, jumping & just playing. I don't see white kids outside. Where I do see them is at the arcade & the movies, or on the computer or stuffing their fat faces at McDonalds & Burger King, Taco Bell & Sonic. They don't play basketball at the parks or ride bikes or play outside all day like blacks. This is where it starts & this is where whites fall behind & give up. They don't put in the exercise all of their life like blacks & when draft time comes around..it shows !! In my generation we played outside till the street light came on & then we scatted to the house...black kids still do this...white kids don't...& this is why you see a black majority in sports !!

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