"I love black people."
From the AJC: "COLUMBIA, S.C. — The NCAA will consider expanding its ban of championship events in South Carolina, possibly disallowing baseball and football teams from hosting postseason games, because the Confederate flag is displayed on Statehouse grounds." Who does the expanded boycott impact?
"Furman's football team has held Division I-AA playoff games at Paladin Stadium in five of the past seven seasons. Clemson's baseball team hosted NCAA tournament games nine times since 1994. South Carolina's Sarge Frye Field was a host site for the tournament each season between 2000-2004."You know it really is a shame that it had to come to this.
When I grew up that flag didn't have near the negative meaning of today. It hadn't made the full bore switch to the end all be all emblem of hate and racism.
I know that there's a reason and a time when you draw a line in the sand and say, "Enough is enough. I'm going to stand up for my heritage." But geez, is it really worth this? Is it really worth the loss of tournament events? Is it worth it to you financially as a South Carolina business owner? Apparently the answer has been yes.
And I respect that decision. Even though I don't agree with it. I respect someone being so stubborn as to making the choice to bring less tourists and revenue into their town just to prove a point. I respect it because it impacts them. They are paying the price for their decision.
But, is it really worth losing the competitive advantage in sports that comes from hosting playoff games at home? To me, that would be the final straw. If I still lived in South Carolina, this would be the moment when I jumped ship on the "Keep the flag" movement.
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