Tuesday, March 24, 2009

how does the naacp justify this


Ron Morris, a respected columnist for The State’s sports section wrote recently that the presence of the Confederate Battle Flag on the grounds of the South Carolina State House was keeping South Carolinians from reaping the rewards of hosting a NCAA tournament basketball venue.

Perhaps Mr. Morris is correct in noting that the NCAA is controlled by the NAACP in determining NCAA tournament sites. However, Mr. Morris and the NCAA need to be reminded of the compromise reached years ago on the matter. There was a group called, “The courage to compromise,” that brought together members of the community and the legislative black caucus, along with strong Republican and Democratic factions, to move the so called “flag” to where it is today. It was agreed back then that the confederate naval jack flag flying over the South Carolina state capital flew in a vacuum, which allowed its presence to be defined by fringe groups. By moving the flag to the Confederate Soldier’s Monument and by funding a sizable State House grounds monument to African Americans in South Carolina, a true compromise was struck that created the only situation in the United States in which the grounds of a State House honored both Confederate dead and the contributions of African Americans to the state’s history.

The latter seems to be missing from columns like Mr. Morris’s or other major media reports. The NAACP does nothing to help. After initially signing off to the compromise, they have held “emergency” meetings on the presence of the Confederate Battle Flag on the South Carolina State House grounds and issued more boycotts of the state. Those emergency calls usually are issued in fundraising letters.

While VUI certainly understands the need to raise money for one’s political cause, it can not help but note how disingenuous the NCAAP’s call against South Carolina is. South Carolina’s leaders compromised on terms that the NAACP once agreed to. If Mr. Morris or any commentator has a beef with the current situation, Mr. Morris should look to the NAACP and how it walked away from the deal it helped broker, not the state legislature.

Isn’t far past time for the NAACP to recognize South Carolina as the only state that has a monument to African American history on its State House grounds, instead of criticizing and condemning South Carolina for honoring Confederate war dead who died defending their homes and by and large owned no slaves? When will those in power stop looking at how to make a buck or a political point and just be satisfied with the truth? Besides, if the NAACP is successful in keeping tourism out of South Carolina, don’t they realize it hurts African Americans the most? There are far more hotel workers needing work than politically correct sports columnists. How does the NAACP justify keeping African Americans from work?

3 comments:

  1. Let's look at the practical and the political...

    First the practical: Where could the men's basketball tourney be hosted in SC?
    * Columbia? While Columbia and USC have a nice facility with ample parking, the Columbia-Lexington area doesn't have enough hotel rooms. (Then again, USC may object to their facilities being used. The tourney might interfere with their own practice schedules.)
    * Greenville? There are plenty of hotels in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson area, but Greenville's Bi-Lo Center and downtown parking are lacking.
    * Charleston? Again, plenty of hotels. But, quality facilities, parking and airport are issues.
    * Myrtle Beach? Plenty of hotels, but no facility to play in.

    NCAA planners look for cities that have quality facilities as well as ample hotels and parking as well as large enough airports. We don't have that recipe in any SC city. That's why, even if the boycott was lifted, the men's tourney would still not come here. That's why Charlotte and Atlanta are as close as the men's tourney will come to SC. However, SC is quite capable of hosting the women's tourney and baseball playoff games. While those NCAA championship tourneys don't have the glory of the men's basketball tourney, they still bring in lots of money. SC could land those tourneys if the boycott was lifted. Which brings me to my second thought...

    Second the political: Brian, you ought to know by now that special interest / political interest groups seldom care about the constituencies that they are supposed to represent. Whether it is the NAACP or a union, the true aim of the group is to make money and gain power for the group... not the constituency. Special interest groups must have a reason to exist and an issue to crusade against. Otherwise, they can't raise money and they lose power. They can scream from the mountaintop that they represent the little man, but they, in reality, don't. The economic impact of the NAACP boycott on their own constituency is a prime example of how they really don't care about their constituency.

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  2. Good God Bless Obama, I thought you were a pale ass cracker, now I know you is. You might as well go ahead and get fitted for your white sheet, cracker.

    This shit is outrageous. How dare your cracker ass criticize a great organization like the NAACP. So what a few crummy jobs are lost? It helps the movement.

    And, that is what we black folks are about...the movement. It something a pale ass cracker like you and your cracker readers will never understand.

    Burn that damn flag and burn it now! You bunch of traitorous crackers!

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  3. Anon, you do realize that cities like Boise, Dayton, etc. Columbia, Charleston and Greenville all have big enough arenas and plenty of hotels. Keep in mind Columbia and Greenville have plenty of lodging for football so they have enough for the NCAA basketball tourney. And Charleston has plenty of lodging and entetainment as well.

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