Sunday, May 9, 2010

White Basketballers

Dear White Basketball Players,

What you lack in fast-twitch muscles, you make up for in fan affection. We know you've already overachieved... or that you are really, really tall, and speed and jumping ability don't matter that much anymore -- either way, we look up to you, white basketball players.

You break stereotypes every time you are good. There was a time when the stereotype wasn't so. All the best players were white... at least in the sense that society was racist and no one else had an opportunity. Yes, you had your moment in the sun -- it was the 1940s or 50s. You may be sad it's over, white basketball players, but in reality, doctors didn't know as much about skin cancer back then, so in a way it's good that you are now out of the sun. I guess I'm saying that you wouldn't be able to handle the ultraviolet sun exposure anyway so you might as well not be in the spotlight. I hope you're following this, white basketball players. On a related note, aloe vera gel is a beautiful thing.

When sociologists speak of white flight, they aren't talking about you guys. Indeed, Levar Burton used to sing, 'White guy in the sky, I can fly twice as high. So take a look, it's in a book, called modern racial makeup of the NBA.'

But don't let that bother you --

You are white. You still play ball.

Good on ya.


Racial Athletic Expectations

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