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madoka



Joined: 27 Mar 2008

PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:10 pm    Post subject: Critics complain that basketball team is too white Reply with quote

Minnesota Timberwolves fans may notice something different about their team this year. In a league in which American-born black players made up 75 percent of roster spots in 2011, the Timberwolves will have an opening-day roster comprising just 33 percent black players (five out of 15).

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, this year's squad will be the league's whitest since the 1980s Boston Celtics.

Is that a problem?

Some civil rights leaders in Minneapolis think so. Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul's African American leadership council, told the Star-Tribune that he thinks the unbalanced roster could be seen as a ploy by the ownership to sell the team to a majority-white fan base.

"How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?" Terrell said to the Star-Tribune. "I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance."

Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn called the allegations "patently false."

Indeed, while the team lacks as many African-American players as most other squads, the Timberwolves are still quite diverse. Five of their ten white players were born outside of the United States.

Brandon Roy, projected to be the team's only black starter, says the color of his teammates doesn't faze him.

"It's just basketball," Roy said. "I never really had to feel like I'm the only black guy out here. I've played on teams that maybe had all black guys and the feeling is just the same when I'm out there on the floor playing with these guys."

Ron Edwards, a longtime Minneapolis civil rights advocate, told the Star-Tribune that it was "somewhat disturbing" when he saw a game last season in which Wes Johnson was the only black player on the floor for the Timberwolves. The composition of this season's roster has prompted Edwards to react even stronger.

"It raises some real questions to me about what's really intended," Edwards said. "I think, personally, that it was calculated. Is this an attempt to get fans back in the stands? Minnesota, after all, is a pretty white state.''

Edwards added that the Timberwolves' roster decisions are a "nullification of diversity and a reversal of history."

Kahn said the Timberwolves targeted two black players as free agents during the summer. But Portland matched Minnesota's offer to Nicolas Batum, and Jordan Hill opted to re-sign with the Lakers at less money for a better chance to win a championship.

"What if Batum and Hill were here?" Kahn said.

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201210/are-minnesota-timberwolves-too-white
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bigverne



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ron Edwards, a longtime Minneapolis civil rights advocate, told the Star-Tribune that it was "somewhat disturbing" when he saw a game last season in which Wes Johnson was the only black player on the floor for the Timberwolves


I'll take a wild guess and state that the above mentioned black activist (not 'civil rights advocate') does not find it disturbing when starting line-ups in the NBA contain NO white players.
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Fox



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Critics complain that basketball team is too white Reply with quote

madoka wrote:
Minnesota Timberwolves fans may notice something different about their team this year. In a league in which American-born black players made up 75 percent of roster spots in 2011, the Timberwolves will have an opening-day roster comprising just 33 percent black players (five out of 15).


Blacks are about 12% of the United States population. This means they are over-represented on the Minnesota team by nearly a factor of three, and massively over-represented in the league as a whole. I can't believe "civil rights advocates" have the balls to stand up and say, "You're only over-representing blacks by a factor of three on your team, there's obviously some racist calculation to appeal to whites going on here." One cannot even pretend this is about equality.
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Dodge7



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Black activists in America have skin as thin as paper. Toughen up! They Get offended and yell racism far too often while blatantly ignoring racism experienced by whites from other blacks. I understand there are some blacks that profit from the victim mentality (Al Sharpton and and his cronies) but constantly crying racism is starting to fall on deaf ears by many whites, it's a broken record by now.
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Zulethe



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cases like this are the reason why no one takes the naacp or aclu seriously anymore.

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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Timberwolves are as relevant in the NBA as the Maple Leafs are in the NHL, at least since they traded Darryl Sittler.
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StudentInKorea



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to double check to make sure you didn't take this from The Onion. It would have fitted in perfectly.
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Died By Bear



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd feel that way too if your ancestors were beaten, killed and raped and made to work at the point of a whip. If your people were regarded as animals, you'd feel a little angry - I know I would.
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Porksta



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Died By Bear wrote:
You'd feel that way too if your ancestors were beaten, killed and raped and made to work at the point of a whip. If your people were regarded as animals, you'd feel a little angry - I know I would.


Wait, you would feel the Timberwolves are too white if your ancestors were slaves? How does that make any sense?
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Gorf



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet jesus, mods, please gas this thread for containing so many morons in only 8 replies.

"Yeah! Why do black people whine so much??? Well let me tell you about my struggles as a white American male!"
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bigverne



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You'd feel that way too if your ancestors were beaten, killed and raped and made to work at the point of a whip


You'd feel what way? In a constant state of anti-white hostility?
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Died By Bear



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let them have their anger. That is fine. And give them reparations, they deserve it more than you deserve social security. White men can't jump anyway. Razz
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Quack Addict



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reverse racism at its finest. Rolling Eyes
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flakfizer



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Porksta wrote:
Died By Bear wrote:
You'd feel that way too if your ancestors were beaten, killed and raped and made to work at the point of a whip. If your people were regarded as animals, you'd feel a little angry - I know I would.


Wait, you would feel the Timberwolves are too white if your ancestors were slaves? How does that make any sense?

Laughing Perfect response to one of the dumbest posts I've ever seen.
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Hugo85



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this team makes their decision based on race more than on skills, they will lose. That's the bottom line. I don't see the need to make a fuss over it.
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