It’s been over 50 years since Rosa Parks didn’t give up her bus seat to a white person, but the All-American Basketball Alliance (AABA), a new basketball league only open to whites, shows that we aren’t as far along as one would have hoped. One of my friends posted this link as his Facebook status that talks about how a new basketball league is open to players who are natural-born citizens of the U.S. and have two parents that are of the Caucasian race. The league has teams in 12 cities and is going to start its season this June.
Clint Bryant, athletic director of Augusta State University, in an article in the Augusta Chronicle said, “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.”
I think Bryant couldn’t have said it better, but then you have Don “Moose” Lewis who says in an interview that what he’s doing isn’t racist. He says, “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.”
Lewis being successful in this matter with 12 teams willing to play frustrates me, but even more so that he isn’t admitting that this is racist. Even though there are 12 teams so far, I don’t believe that it’s going to fly in the upcoming months. How the league is able to make it this far baffles me. What now? Will we be seeing a basketball league that is only open to those under six feet because they are in the minority also? Basketball should just be that: Basketball.