1.23.2010

Black Men Can't Bounce-Pass?*

In a very racist (but oddly interesting) move, some schmo recently announced the formation of an all-white basketball league in Augusta, Georgia. Listen: this is straight-up racist, and I wouldn't join or endorse such a league.

But to pretend as if there aren't two styles of playing basketball is to admit you don't know the sport very well. It would be like claiming to be unable to hear a difference between rap and rock n' roll. Needless to say, there are crossovers into every genre: Eminem and Lenny Kravitz, Donald Williams and Jason Williams. I don't think the league should be restricted by racial inheritance, obviously; but I do think it's fair to acknowledge a difference in playing styles. On the other hand, maybe these d-bags in Augusta shouldn't act as if Bob Cousy didn't invent the "street ball" style they seem to abhor sixty years ago:



It's getting interesting around here. African American food is a comfortably recognized style and category; why not white basketball?

*My title is meant to be a twist on the cult classic White Men Can't Jump, starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes.

2 comments:

Insignificant Wrangler said...

I want to watch the winner of this league play the winner of the NBA Championship.

Casey said...

Yeah, I agree.

But I wish some sports anthropologist would do a serious study of race and sports explaining why (in a non Jimmy-the-Greek way) basketball and football goes black and baseball goes white. It's not enough to just say "it's cultural." That begs the question, why? Black baseball players used to be everywhere...