NCAA Denounces Confederate Flag, Does Nothing

NCAA Denounces Confederate Flag, Does Nothing

They flew a large Confederate flag from the back of a pickup truck located atop a parking garage adjacent to the arena where two second-round games are being played Sunday evening.

Other trucks with the flag were spotted headed to the site throughout the day, while others stood outside the arena waving the flag. They had planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. "Freedom of speech activities on the public property in areas surrounding the arena are managed by the city of Greenville and we are supportive of the city's efforts".

According to WYFF, the group wanted to send a message to the NCAA as well as state lawmakers. Police are across the street monitoring the display. The NCAA originally placed the games in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Everyone attending these games understood how unfortunate the symbolism looked; the reason Greenville is hosting these games at all is because the Confederate flag no longer flies at the SC statehouse. Last summer, the NCAA moved the regional from Greensboro, N.C., to SC in response to North Carolina's House Bill 2, which makes it unlawful for transgender people to use restrooms for the gender with which they identify.

The NCAA does not host championship events in MS due to the prominence of the Confederate flag in the MS state flag.

The NCAA regional in 2002 was allowed to remain in the state.

Judith Browne Dianis - the executive director of the Advancement Project, an American nonprofit focusing on racial justice issues - said that there are too many people in these states that still celebrate symbols of racism and oppression, and that the Confederate flag can not be disconnected from slavery or the legacy of Jim Crow in America. Since 2001, the NCAA had refused to hold championship events in the state due to the flag's presence, but it changed its policy after its removal.

Roof was convicted of multiple murder counts and sentenced to death.

One protester told the Associated Press that he thought it was unfair that those who support the flag are being lumped with Roof's actions.

"I didn't feel it was right when the flag came down", Meadows, who has family members that fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, said.

We see what you did here, NCAA. They say the wanted to make sure if the flag tipped over, that it wouldn't hurt anyone.

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