News Hurray for Annoying, Elitist White Liberals. Seriously.
In my article on the Sonics sale, I said Seattle was the 2nd whitest city in the U.S. About 70% of the population is white.
A reader e-mailed this morning wanting to know what the whitest city was.
It’s Portland, Oregon, where about 77% of the population is white. (This is for cities w/ populations over half-a-million.)
Oklahoma City: 68% white.
*This info is culled from a service called areaConnect, which got its numbers from 2000 U.S. Census Bureau data.
I know the implication of my “analysis”—that the NBA is dominated by black athletes—is a little upside down. While I am right that the league is dominated by black players, the league is actually marketed to an upscale, white crowd. So really, white Seattle should be a perfect market for the NBA.
Ha. I think it’s kind of cool that our city and our politicians said no to massive subsidies and rejected the NBA’s business model. Let Red state turf like Oklahoma City screw over its tax payers.
Ironically, it’s working class whites who might be most pissed about losing the Sonics—even though, the league isn’t marketed to them. More important, they’re the ones who get screwed most by tax hikes.
This is all pretty heady/complicated race & class stuff I’m getting into here, but I say: Score one for our elitist liberal white city for saying no to a convoluted form of racism and corporate subsidies. Sometimes annoying white liberals, as much as I can’t stand KUOW, get it right.
Anyway: Steve Nash? MVP? Please.