"The Augusta Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the All-American Basketball Alliance plans to kick off its inaugural season in June and hopes that Augusta will be one of 12 cities to host teams," reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
"But here's the kicker: According to a press release the newspaper and other Augusta media outlets received from the new league, 'only players that are natural-born United State citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league'."
One strains to believe that this is not a joke. But just in case it is not, here is my reply:
1. As the offspring of two parents of the "Caucasian race," I reject this league.
2. As a naturalized "Caucasian" citizen of the United States, having been born in Germany of a wonderful German woman named Annie, I reject this league.
3. As a person of color -- after all, "white" is a color -- I reject this league.
4. As a graduate of Butler High School (Augusta, Ga.) and Augusta State University, I reject this league.
5. Meanwhile, I shall continue to enjoy the sport of soccer with my brothers -- all of them "created equal" by God -- from Ghana, Morroco, Mauritania, Sudan, Trinidad, Jamaica, El Salvador, Mexico, Virginia, and parts elsewhere in the great U.S.A.
6. I'm human, and I'm proud.