Talk:Basketball in North America

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Black capitalized or not?[edit]

A while ago I noticed "Black People" written with capital initial letters in the history section. I changed it to small letters , because I assumed it was a mistake.

'Black' is now capitalized again, and that change was made right after my edit, and by a native English speaker, so it should be correct, but it still looks odd to me. For instance, in the United_States_of_America#History section's paragraph about African Americans, we refer to them as black people, black Americans (shouldn't 'black' be capitalized here?) and black veterans. ϒpsilon (talk) 10:36, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

  • That was me. This is a question of style, rather than being right or being wrong. Many Black people [1] argue that racial groups, like ethnicity, should be capitalized. I usually err on the side of not offending people, but there are arguments for lowercase "black" (and "white") too. I'll leave it up to you. Ground Zero (talk) 11:50, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
Maybe wait for other people's comments? ϒpsilon (talk) 16:57, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
I was always taught that "black people" and "white people" are not capitalized, but I don't really care as long as there is consistency, at least within an article. Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:22, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
I agree with Ikan Kekek. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:05, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

History - What about the Aztecs?[edit]

Yes 1891 may have been the modern form, but wasn't there something like Basketball played in Mexico a few hundred years earlier? ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 10:05, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

This explains the Aztec version of the game. Wikipedia doesn't mention the Aztecs in their article about basketball. It would be interesting trivia, but otherwise I don't think it's very important to include. According to Wikipedia, the sport was founded in 1891. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:08, 25 December 2018 (UTC)
The Mesoamerican ballgame (which together with the feathered serpent deity is one of the more obvious examples of cultural contact between Mayas and Aztecs) bears maybe a superficial resemblance with basketball, but I'd be surprised if Naismith had even known of it. And unlike many other sports, for Basketball we can actually identify a single inventor, who codified a core set of rules still familiar to the modern enthusiast of the game. Hobbitschuster (talk) 01:40, 28 December 2018 (UTC)