A group of black activists is skeptical of the new study made public two weeks ago charging that referee racism against black players exists in professional basketball.
Furthermore, the release of such a study charging racial bias by NBA referees — as in white referees calling more fouls against black players than they do white players — will “unnecessarily incite racial tensions,” warn members of the nonpartisan black organization Project 21.
“Racism continues to generate headlines regardless of its plausibility. The only thing this study proves is that if you shout ‘racism’ you can get national media attention,” says Project 21 fellow Deneen Borelli. “The authors of this study should be fouled out for exploiting racism.”
Conducted by a pair of university professors, the study analyzed 600,000 foul calls over 13 seasons.