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?