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Augusta TV station online poll: 60 percent approve of all-white basketball league

Jan 22, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

Controversy continues to swirl over a proposed all-white basketball league based in Georgia, with one Augusta television station releasing an online poll today showing that a majority actually approve of the idea. (Meanwhile, my idea for an all-cat production of Billy Elliot goes nowhere). Part-time promoter and antique dealer Don “Moose” Lewis caused a mini firestorm earlier this week when he sent out a press release announcing intentions to start a Caucasian-only basketball league — the All-American Basketball Alliance — with teams in 12 southern cities. Preposterous? Of course. There’s been all-white basketball around for years; it’s called Tuesday night rec league.
But opposition to Lewis’ idea is not as widespread as one might think.
Video following the jump.

Reaction in the media has been overwhelmingly negative, but when ABC television affiliate WJBF in Augusta put up an online poll on the subject, 60 percent of respondents approved of the idea. Of course that was a very small sampling; only 1,207 people have voted as I write this. Another station, MyFoxAtlanta-5, also polled readers, and right now the vote is tied at 46 percent, with 8 percent undecided.

Lewis contends that his all-white league isn’t racist. “How are the Soul Train awards not racist? It’s not racist it’s just a niche, its entertainment,” said Lewis.

Charles Barkley, for one, disagrees.

“It’s just blatantly racist,” he told CBS Atlanta. “Because if you look at the code words he uses, trying to say we’re carrying guns, fighting people in the stands, things like that. It just goes to show that there’s people in America who just don’t like us.”

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The prospects of this league actually getting off the ground are similar to those of Bing Crosby picking up your lunch tab. But if Lewis was just out for attention — and you can pretty much bet that’s all this is about — then screwy mission accomplished. His name is out there now in a big way, and that will only help his other boxing and wrestling ventures.
Then there’s this, from SportsbyBrooks:

I’ve covered lifetime losers like Lewis my entire life. If you look up his background, you see one failed sports league/promotional venture after another. Every town has dozens of hucksters like Lewis. Dude never created anything legitimate that anyone ever cared about, so he got desperate and started spewing this garbage to stir people up. The league will never see the light of day.

Proposed All White Basketball Team Not Sitting Well With Some in Augusta [WJBF]
‘Whites Only’ Basketball League Proposed [MyFoxatlanta]
Majority Of Georgians Polled Want All-White Hoops [SportsbyBrooks]
NAACP Will Stop All-White Basketball League [CBS Atlanta]
Promoter wants to start all-white basketball league [Out Of Bounds]

  1. Longarm1947 - Jan 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I though in my life time this would happen. Maybe we need to rid outselves of the word ” Minority. Does this mean whites need to put sports ahead of good grades and education. I was in the Army for 22 years, I could care less in Viet Nam what color they were. I only looked for the best. I taught school after the Army until I retired and the schools were only interested in sports not the students education. A very small percent make it to the majors in any sport. They need to put sports down the list.

  2. mark - Jan 23, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Plus you might even see basketball played instead of blackball. No traveling, no double dribbling, no palming the ball etc. You might even see a couple of books in the locker room.

  3. Eugene - Jan 23, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Damn….Some of ya`ll need JESUS like a mofo.Erase the color lines.

  4. DWes - Jan 23, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    It is really sad to see how much ignorance there is in the United States today. Essentially we have poor people of both races pointing at each other and accussing each other of racism. The truth is you are all exploited people competing for the same outcomes for you families yet the racist history of this country has you believing that each other is the problem.
    White people who are poor have historically had some advantage over Black people who are poor and that assurance has caused them to maintain a sense of superiority supported often by a legal system that excluded Blacks from participation in education, employment, housing, healthcare and social interaction in the so-called mainstream of America.
    With the elimination of Jim Crow laws, limited numbers of Blacks have entered the mainstream but certainly not in large numbers because of the privileges of tradition and political and economic isolation. Whites are now competing on a different playing field with other people of color including Asians (including East Indians), Latinos, Blacks and others. All White institutions still exist, churches are great examples of how segregated Sunday still is. CEO’s of major corporations in the US are still 92% white and male. Private organizations from country clubs, Masonic organizations, Knights of Columbus, the militias, etc. are all White still.
    We often hear of merit being the determinent of whether people get jobs or not and sports in the US have been one of the few institutions that it is generally true. The NFL and NBA have large numbers of Blacks because those sports are popular in the Black commmuities and practiced by larger numbers of Black youth. The NHL, MLB, golf,tennis, swimming are all dominated by White athletes because of their popularity and are practiced and played well by larger numbers of White youth. Both races who have access to sports can achieve well if they put there efforts into the games and we see that with greats of both races who have “crossed over”, i.e Bird, Nash, Dirk, in Basketball and Tiger, the Williams sisters in golf and tennis.
    It is foolish to persist in having this and other arguments about race because there really is no biological basis for race in the human species. Color is actually a convenient political separation of people and continues to be used to divide us as a people. The gentleman who mentioned that he had wartime experience stated that in those situations only the best helped in effort. That is true in life, when all things are truly even the best rise to the occassion.
    At some point in the history of this nation and the world, people who are exploited for political/economic reasons are going to come to that realization and we will be able to live and enjoy each others existence without race being a necessary factor. I recommend that people look at Clint Eastwoods movie Invitus. It does much to show the stupidity of judging race as a factor in sport while showing the some of the reasons that the hatreds exist in the first place.
    I wish all of you well as you try to sort out your feelings and identities.

  5. izzyj3 - Jan 24, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    First of all Jamall, African Americans can not help the fact that they were forced to do things seperate from whites. It’s funny how whites have forgotten how hard their ancestors fought for segregation. Now you want to blame African Americans for taking control of their own lives and accepting that they weren’t wanted by creating things such as Miss Black America pagents, the NAACP, and The United Negro College Fund. Don’t use the fact that African Americans took control of their own destinies because whites didn’t want to have anything to do with them against them. Whites didn’t want us to be a part of their society, so we had to create our own. You can’t blame African Americans for something whites created. In my opinion,this all white basketball league is business as usually, so why get upset about it. It just proves that segregation and people that justify it still exist. It’s time to realize that we are all in this together regardless of skin color.

  6. CAVS FAN - Jan 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    All White Basketball Team, I’ll sum up in one word BORING

  7. rob - Jan 24, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Their are many great white players but when you are in the minority you have to change your game to one that you dont thrive in. Whites dont need the charity stripe moved up. White are the alltime record holders for free throw accuracy in the naba. And in 3 pointers too. Duke basketball has been as good as any program in america. They always have white stars. The alltime assist and steals leader is John Stockton. He is white. Dirk is going ot he hall of fame and so is Stevie Nash. And the most entertaining basketball is the european style with fast breaks and not so much pushing and shoving. It wont be comical. In fact you might get a lump in your throat when you realize that their are some gtreat white athletes out there. I think you just want to shut it down and not le tthe cat out of the bag. Its time for white men against all odds the media, the feminists, the minorities especially the blacks, naacp etc etc etc. We have to use our power and have our own institutions like they do.

  8. an American first - Jan 24, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Chris & Rob, really? What we need in this country is to stop segmenting people as if the amount of pigmentation in ones skin can some how determine what kind of person they are. Beliefs like that come from fear and lack of understanding about humanity. All any American wants is a fair opportunity to achieve their dreams. If you dumb down the game/ limit who can participate, you insult the very player who participate. Very much like the early baseball & football leagues. The best want to play again ts the best. A better idea would be to create a game with rules that favor what the inventor values. Then you let everyone play and enjoy the outcome.
    Children should have the right to become CEO’s, University Presidents, Doctors, Judges and yes Coaches if they work hard and have what it takes. Lets stop blaming others and strive to live up to the charter that this God fearing nation was founded on…
    I’m just saying…

  9. Shane - Jan 24, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    What’s the big deal about a whites only league? If it was Arab only, would it be a big deal? Every race can have it’s own club except the whites. I say lets have people do what they want, and exclude, include who they want. Then let people decide if they want to pay to watch. It’s called freedom of choice, not racism.
    We have Asian community centers, and I don’t think their racist, and big deal if they are. If someone is racist who cares. I’m starting to think the only racist we have left in this country are the people calling everyone else racist.
    I love basketball and it’s orange and the court is brown and the sky is blue, big deal.
    CAVS FAN, says it would be boring. I wonder how he knows.
    If its fair to say that one race is more athletic than another, would it not be fair to say one race is more smart than another.
    UFC is mainly a white sport, so is nascar, tennis, golf, hockey, rugby, swimming, surfing, skateboarding, skiing, ect does that mean anything? Maybe, maybe not.
    Would anyone be offended by a blacks only nascar league? I wouldn’t be…

  10. Robert Foster - Jan 24, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Who cares. An all white or black league. I dont watch basketball since Larry Bird left. Most of them are nothing more then thugs from the hood. If people find that to be entertaining to watch todays basketball the go and pay for it. You couldnt give me free tickets on the front row to go see Kobe Bryant or any of these players. I just dont care for the product or the thugs playing. But that is me. Please everyone keep enjoying your entertainment.

  11. Yen - Jan 24, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Joyner, get a grip on reality. Witch race of people have had it easy?
    Stop living in the past and be happy your alive in 2010. Your a bad representation of your people. Your language and poor grammar is more of an insult than any comments from strangers or an all white basketball league.
    The whites of today are not responsible for slavery or the fifties. We control our own density, not the whites.
    I assume whites pleasure their women the same way every man does.
    Are you willing to go up to a white person and say all that? I hope not. I reach my hand out to whites and blacks and every color in between. You should try it.

  12. Erissa Jacobs - Jan 25, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Just goes to show what a backwards racist city Augusta, GA is if the majority of people there actually think this is a good idea. Unbelievable.

  13. Wesley - Jan 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    To CHRIS:
    Listen to BTONE. The NBA and NFL don’t exclude non-black players. This league would exclude non-white players. Good white players make it to the NFL and NBA. If you’re good, it doesn’t matter what color you are, you make it.
    As far as coaches, it’s a problem because with so many black players, it seems disproportionate for there to be so few black coaches, but perhaps, like white players, black coaches just aren’t good enough – maybe (I doubt it though).
    I agree with your comments about Mexicans and Asians, etc., but that’s a wholly different question. That question is, why are black people so dependent on sports to get ahead. Asians and 2nd generation Mexicans in the US, etc., look to education to get ahead. That is a problem within the black community, but that question is separate from why there are so few white players.

  14. Wesley - Jan 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    to ROB:
    LOL!! Are you serious? You just COMPLETELY proved why an all-white league is NOT necessary. In case you don’t see that, answer this: If there are so many great whites already playing VERY SUCCESSFULLY in existing leagues, why do you need the all-white one? Unless you’re a racist?
    Good job genius.

  15. Shanta - Jan 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    An all white league. Well go ahead and give it a try. However, you need to remember that those players will never be able to play in the NBA. Could you imagine what would happen if a Black NBA player found out the one of his team mates played in an all white league? That would be special. Guns anyone?

  16. NDNhoop - Jan 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Genius. Finally someone with the ballz to make a national statement. I am also tired of watching professional games which seem that the only white faces are sometimes one of the coaches and maybe one of the refs. College hoops are the same. I am considered a minority race and have always pulled for the minority, but now it seems what used to be the minority in sports is now the dominate.
    An example of race based sports is sports on any NDN rez.
    All-Indian Basketball Tournaments have been around for generations with no problems. Go to any NDN Rez “tournament time” and you’ll witness race restrictions on players allowed to play. Most directors require proof of tribal membership on all players, some don’t, which sometimes teams bring in “ringers”. There’s also an annual All-Indian National Championships Basketball Tournament which has also been around for generations, with no problems.
    Who cares what that fat azz, pervert, drunken driver, fake-azz governor wannabe, Barkley thinks. Or other people who think it’s racist in nature.
    I wish the “whites only” league well and hope for their success. GO FOR IT!

  17. NDNhoop - Jan 28, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    I forgot to mention that on my Rez our organized year ’round league is titled the Indian Basketball Association, or IBA for short. We have never had a problem with this, racist or otherwise.