Height is a hereditary feature no different than the color of the skin or eyes. Basketball gives a key advantage to tall players and discriminates against short men from playing it professionally. It’s a tall man’s game. Surely little men can still play it, but obviously not when the big guys are around.
The mean average height of NBA players is about 6’7″ which represents an extreme minority of men around that height. Sportswriter Pablo Torre estimates that the number of American men between the ages of 20–40 who are 7 feet or taller is likely below 70. During the 2017–2018 NBA season, 20 players were at least 7 feet tall from the only 70 men available across the entire country! What does that say about the genetic elitism of this game?
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines racism as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race,” and defines race as “a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits.” Being tall is obviously a distinctive hereditary physical feature like the color of the skin. Therefore, for as long as you agree that the “white man” is a race, then you should accept as well that the “tall man” is a race because they’re both physical features that encompass a category of humankind. Height is a hereditary physical feature no different than the color of the skin is, and no one could possibly be too intellectually blind to see it.
Basketball gives a clear advantage to tall people. If you’re not tall, therefore, you’re automatically discriminated against just because of your physical makeup. Basketball is a tall man’s game. It’s a racist game.
Professional governing bodies of boxing understand very well that the weight measurements of contestants inescapably beget discrimination in the sport which is why they split it into 17 weight classes. Sadly, basketball associations can’t seem to figure this out yet. Professional basketball should involve a new height class with a shorter basket for shorter players.
It’s time for this game to grow up and become more inclusive.