Yahoo- The NCAA announced Thursday that South Carolina could bid could bid to host a future NCAA championships now that the Confederate flag will be removed from the grounds of the state capitol. “We commend South Carolina lawmakers for taking this action to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds,” Kirk Schulz, NCAA Board of Governors chair and Kansas State University president, said in a statement. “For nearly 15 years we have specifically protested the flag by not allowing states like South Carolina to host pre-selected NCAA championships. With this impending change, and consistent with our policy, South Carolina may bid to host future NCAA championships once the flag no longer flies at the State House grounds.”
The Confederate flag will officially be taken down from its flagpole on the statehouse grounds in Columbia during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday. The flag will then be taken to the Confederate Relic Room for display
As most of you have probably seen by now, the South Carolina legislature and governor Nikki Haley has voted to take down the Confederate Flag after all the recent controversies. In response, the NCAA in all their heroism has decided to allow the state of South Carolina to bid to be the site for future NCAA Championships. While most of the moves the NCAA have made in the Mark Emmert era have been tone-deaf public relations disasters, you have to applaud them for taking this meaningful and emphatic stance against a symbol of slavery and unpaid labor.
Obviously, there is a huge portion of America who when they look at the Stars and Bars, it reminds them of a time when Americans, mostly black, were exploited for physical labor without any sort of compensation other than the baisc necessities to survive like shelter and food, and I for one applaud Mark Emmert and the NCAA for standing up to it.