The PJ Tatler

'Civil Rights' Leader: NBA Team 'Too White'

Since racism is essentially a conspiracy theory (i.e., an unfalsifiable grand narrative), the more illogical the evidence, the more solid that evidence is perceived by the conspiracist, since it only proves the extent of the enemy’s cleverness and evil. It was, therefore, only a matter of time before you read a story like this, entitled “Are Minnesota Timberwolves Too White?”:

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.’

This may (read: may) constitute the first time someone has claimed that a basketball team is “too white.” Nevertheless, even if I am wrong about that, the phrase “too white” is becoming eerily commonplace these days. It seems this phrase has been mainstreamed over the past year or so. Racial demagoguery has been around for years, but I don’t ever recall reading “too white,” written with such blase, nothing-to-see-here glibness, until relatively recently.