Why do some white americans claim basketball and football when neither one came from white americans?
white americans and other white people have different cultures so unless it was a white american who came up with basketball and football themselves they can’t claim it football came from a british white man and basketball came from a canadian white man so neither one are from white american culture.
- curtisports2Lv 71 month ago
False. Naismith had dual citizenship and he invented the game in the US. American football was 'invented' when Walter Camp proposed new rules to introduce 'downs' to the rugby-style game being played at the time; a team had to gain 5 yards during their three downs or they gave up possession. Marking the field in 5-yard increments gave it the appearance of a gridiron, and that description stuck. The distance was later increased to 10 yards. The introduction of downs to the rugby-style game created a new, separate and distinct game.
- MarliLv 71 month ago
Cultural appropriation. The immigrants bring their pastimes, cuisines, etc. to the US. The US likes what it sees and tastes. A little practice. A little tinkering. Voila! They become American.
Mr. Naismith "shot" into baskets before he went to the States. Farm kids are always throwing things into baskets set high: stones, peach pits, their sisters' dolls. He used a ball, cut the bottom out of a basket and developed a game into a sport. (It's almost impossible to dribble fruit, except when eating a peach.)
Running with the ball is an old game too. I'm sure all cultures ran to a goal with an item and were chased by the owner of that item, just as all cultures tossed things into pots, hollowed gourds or baskets.
- bluLv 71 month ago
The history of basketball began with its invention in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith (white person) as a less injury-prone sport than football. Naismith was a 31-year old graduate student when he created the indoor sport to keep athletes indoors during the winters.
This is the way history has recorded it. The sport was invented in America. You're splitting hairs. I can do this too. Naismith became an American citizen in 1925. Thus, an American (who happens to be white) invented the sport.
- Larry CLv 71 month ago
My ancestor wrote the rules of football, and basketball was done by a white also.
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- bluebellbkkLv 71 month ago
What, just ONE "British white man" invented football, and just ONE "British white man" invented basketball?
I doubt it very much.
- nonpartisanLv 61 month ago
What difference does it make unless you're a racist?
- ZirpLv 71 month ago
Same reason they claim coleslaw (obviously a dutch word) and apple-pie (probably invented in England)
cultural appropriation. (for real, not the SJW-crap)