I can't believe we are even talking about this. Who gives a rats arse what color a kid is. Is he an athlete who can play well enough to start and win. Can he make grades good enough to stay in school and graduate. It's obvious from the mix in other team sports football, basketball etc that the only discrimination is in talent. You got talent you in, you don't well you are going to be discriminated against and not get to play. Take it up with the ACLU
If that's your conclusion from reading the article, you aren't too perceptive.
The point is that black participation is down and that hurts the sport. I don't think it's good for baseball to see a decline in participation from a large chunk of the nation's population. Similarly, I think we're seeing a decline in participation in basketball from whites, at least from better athletes, which also hurts.
By that, I'm saying if I watch a typical mostly white high school basketball team, I'm seeing fewer of the school's best athletes on that team, the kids who would star (at the high school level, at least) on any of the teams they decide to concentrate on.