Racist Agenda Towards USA Basketball
by B.J. Delas Armas
on 8/20/2004 06:17:00 PM
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It's always interesting to see how racist people really are when people from different countries come together. But that's to be expected. It's just naive and innocent and people won't really remember anything. What isn't really expected is when your own country is racist towards you.
Last I checked, racism is defined as a situation when one or more individuals think that there is something inherently wrong with a group of people based on physical characteristics, namely color of skin.
People seem to be (whether intentional or not) blaming the urban culture of hip-hop, dominated by minority races in these Team USA basketball losses. And since the USA team is composed of all people from these minority races, some people see it fitting to associate them with hip-hop. Most people do. I mean, when one thinks of hip-hop, one will most likely think of a black person's face.
People bashing Team USA start out blaming things strongly associated with hip-hop like street basketball, the And 1 Tour (sometimes even mockingly using hip-hop terms). They imply that these aspects associated with hip-hop are what is causing them to be selfish and thus lose. They claim that these players are being selfish as a result of hip-hop/urban.
For example, they'll say things like "it's all about And 1 basketball with these guys. They don't know anything about team basketball or fundamentals."
Yeah, I completely missed the off-the-backboard 360 dunk by Tim Duncan followed by the Emeka Okafor off BOTH Carlos Arroyo's and Carlos Boozer's head dribble all with 4 fingers while keeping his middle finger up at the US flag in the loss to Puerto Rico (two of the most un-hip-hop guys on the team). :roll:
Oh wrong game, I guess I was watching the game where Allen Iverson was actually passing the ball several times instead of carelessly chucking up shots, and the rest of the team caught too much of this fever as well. Or where the team was playing defense that I swear I never saw them play in the NBA. They may have these reputations as selfish players, but that's not what they have shown in the games.
In other words, they are doing the exact opposite of what they have been labeled as.
Racist ? Check with a big fat red, white, and blue mark ! People just immediately placed labels on them based namely on Allen Iverson, negating good citizens Tim Duncan, Carlos Boozer, Lebron James, and wow everyone else, and have romanticized FIBA style basketball. They act as if the whole team should be villified because of Allen Iverson and his negative image when thus far he's been nothing but a team player.
As if it wasn't bad enough that they call the whole team selfish, some have even said that they lacked pride as a result of this selfishness.
Yeah, I got one I got one ! I definitely saw that they lacked pride because they're all too black for us to see their hearts.
Team USA's just one example of how hip-hop and everything associated with it has become such a great goat for white Americans to put all their own bad traits into and kick.
Let's face it, people didn't actually watch the game, they just wanted to be able to blame hip-hop culture, related, and minority elements that don't really affect how they play the game.
Hip-hop, blackness, minoritiness is not to blame because it had absolutely nothing to do with the team USA loss.
If there's anything to blame it's probably how the NBA Rules are structured.
Let's just all ignore the facts that this team was poorly conceived and sorely unadapted to the competition. Sure, they're top players, but first of all, all of them have the same skills and lack the same ones. Immediately, the most important skill they lack is shooting the damn ball.
How is that possible in basketball you ask ?
In the NBA game, these guys are taught to be aggressive and attack the hoop. What faciliates going to the hoop is that there is this 3 second rule in the NBA which prohibits players from staying in the painted area for more than 3 seconds. It was a rule conceived to add more action to the NBA game. International basketball has no such rule and so the strategy for these international teams has been to clog these lanes.
Secondly, a reason USA basketball has slipped is that these international teams don't simply select players from a big pool. There's a tryout process for them. The USA team basically threw together a team composed of young, inexperienced, good players. They're still the most talented team, but unlike the previous Dream Teams in 1992 and 1996, they're not good enough to plow through other teams on just talent alone. They actually need team chemistry. Not fundamentals.
Oh also get a load of how regular Joe Schmo Americans responded when Chinese officials here
Labels: Racial Misunderstandings, Things I Notice