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Affirmative Action for Basketball Players? By: Rod Yamamoto
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, March 30, 2001


ANY UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE that gives 20 points to blacks in law programs or any other admissions should also apply "affirmative action" remedies to its basketball program.

A Los Angeles Times article stated that there has not been a single Japanese-American college/professional (NCAA/NBA) basketball player since Wataru "Wat" Misaka in 1947.

Shouldn't some sort of "affirmative action" be applied to basketball programs so that they reflect diversity? After all, don't professional basketball players make millions of dollars yearly?

If blacks are given 20 points in law programs or other college admissions, then shouldn't black basketball players be required to wear 20 pound weights on their shoes...so that Asian, Native Americans, and Latino players have a chance to increase their numbers in basketball programs?

Remember, the entire second generation of Japanese-Americans were stripped of their homes, properties, businesses, and college educations during WWII. They were let out of the relocation camps straight into poverty. They committed not a single crime. They had to ride at the back of the bus, too, and use "colored" water fountains/facilities...or they got "beat up." They were segregated into "Japanese towns." And they are repeatedly called "jap" (just as derogatory as the "N" word). They are definitely victims of discrimination.

Why should we not have affirmative action for Japanese-Americans, other Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, and all other underrepresented minorities in our University/College/Professional basketball programs, and, especially, for the U.S. Olympics basketball dream team? Forget about performance, ability, and merit.

Can't we sue the Universities and Colleges that have affirmative action for blacks in law programs or other admissions, but no affirmative action remedies for their basketball programs?




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