Opinion: Sports world should boycott Georgia over racist voting law
March 29, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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As Georgia Republican lawmakers face mounting criticism for passing a sweeping new election law that imposes new hurdles for citizens to vote, Terence Moore writes sports leagues can play a significant role in fighting back the law.
(CNN)Gov. Brian Kemp and a slew of Georgia Republican lawmakers sped a sweeping election bill into a Jim-Crow-like law Thursday, imposing new voting restrictions in the battleground state.
So, sports leagues with teams in Georgia should go back to the future, emulating the time when they stopped giving cities and states huge events (Super Bowls, Final Fours and league All-Star Games) that stimulate the local economy, even before political wokeness became a thing.
Well, Georgia Republican lawmakers know the state's whole economy begins and ends with Atlanta, home of the state capital and the main target of these voter suppression laws since voters in predominately Black counties around Atlanta, such as Fulton and Clayton, did much to elect Georgia's first Black senator (Raphael Warnock) and first Jewish senator (Jon Ossoff).
Until you and your supporters realize the 19th century was so two centuries ago, everybody, from Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola in corporate America to the headquarters of the National Football League and Major League Soccer around various sports leagues, should boycott the state of Georgia in general -- and Atlanta in particular.
Treat Atlanta and Georgia the way the NFL did Arizona during the early 1990s, when the league yanked a Super Bowl away from the state after its citizens voted not to support the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, even though it was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.
Treat Atlanta and Georgia like they haven't a clue until the overwhelming majority of politicians and voters for both of those places realize Confederate leader Robert E.