By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Every year college basketball fans get excited during the month of March. Why? Because it’s March Madness when basketball teams compete for the chance to win the NCAA Championship. It’s a time when upsets happen and players are pushed to their limits physically, mentally, and emotionally, In addition to that, this is when fans are able to fill our their NCAA March Madness Basketball Bracket.
With so many teams participating in the NCAA tournament, no one facility can host all of the games. Different venues are chosen and with that, fans from all over the world have an opportunity to watch their favorite teams and/or players in person.
It’s also during March Madness that players from all over the world come together. Even though there is so much racial division in the U.S. right now, it would seem logical to most fans that racial symbols should be avoided during the tournament. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
In South Carolina, protesters gathered outside of a South Carolina arena to wave Confederate Flags. According to an article in Daily Mail, “The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck. They had planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville police had the group move the truck about 50 feet away, citing safety concerns if the flag tipped. Protesters said they wanted to make their presence known to the NCAA. The governing body lifted its ban against South Carolina holding championships in 2015.”
The NCAA released a statement stating they would not allow any symbols compromising safety on the property.
FYI – The NCAA used to host games in North Carolina, however, after controversy over North Carolina’s HB2 Bill, the state lost that right.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him on www.sinclairgrey.org or Twitter @drsinclairgrey