*CNN’s website is coming under fire for a piece it published in which professional basketball writer David Aldridge compares the NBA’s All-Star Weekend to a mythical “Black Thanksgiving.”
He says that’s what fellow sportswriter Mike Wilbon calls the highly promoted event. Naturally a story with such an evocative title is going generate responses of hate, such as these Tweets:
“Shame on you CNN for perpetuating the racism in America … and for what, to get readers? Are you that desperate?” commenter yippidy wrote.
“You managed to include every Black stereotype known to the Western world in this article,” rockhanna said.
Here’s an excerpt:
For those of us who cover the NBA for a living, like me and Wilbon — now an ESPN yakker and writer, formerly a Washington Post yakker and writer, and my friend — All-Star Weekend is a long four days of work.
But for most of the people who descend into town — this year it’s Los Angeles, with its still sparkling Staples Center and the surrounding “L.A. Live” area — it’s an opportunity to go wild (sometimes a little too wild, as happened in Las Vegas a few years ago) and get together.
Other folks have Tweetups. Black people have All-Star Weekend, or ASW. It’s a national holiday, sort of.
ASW is the only time of the year that people call me. I don’t say that to be maudlin, ’cause most of the time, I don’t want people to call me. (Dirty little secret: I don’t really like talking on the phone.) But they come out of the woodwork this time of year, because NBA players are royalty in Black America, and everyone wants to be near them. The old saying is that ballers want to be rappers, and rappers want to be ballers. That’s really, really true.
Basketball is a culture. It isn’t for everyone, though the game is loved by people of all colors. There is a rhythm to it, just as if McCoy Tyner was dribbling a ball instead of playing piano.
“Considering that the culture of basketball in a predominantly black league like the NBA is so strongly connected to African American culture, the NBA All-Star weekend has turned into a celebration of African American culture by extension,” says Todd Boyd, professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Read MORE at CNN.com.