It’s difficult to hide blatant hypocrisy, isn’t it?
The NCAA recently announced they will pull games from North Carolina due to HB2. The Board of Governors said in a statement that they “must promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans” and that our oh-so-discriminatory laws prevent them from doing this.
The NCAA can hold games wherever they want, but they should be prepared for individuals calling them out on their hypocrisy. And let me tell you, it’s blatant. So, since they’ve chosen to ostracize my state, I thought I’d take a look at a couple of the locations that the NCAA does deem more suitable than North Carolina.
One of these is the U.S. Virgin Islands. There is an annual basketball tournament called “Paradise Jam.” What’s strange is that when you take a look at the employment discrimination laws in the U.S. Virgin Islands, they don’t quite seem to meet the NCAA standards. In fact, they are remarkably similar to NC…
Employment Discrimination: It is against local and federal law to discriminate against an individual in hiring, promoting or terminating because of race, sex, age, religion, color, ancestry, or handicap.
Yikes – no “protections” based on sexual orientation or gender identity; yet the NCAA labels this a “paradise.”
The Bahamas Bowl is scheduled to be held in the Bahamas this year, as is the “Battle 4 Atlantis” basketball tournament. Make no mistake, the Bahamas is far from a sanctuary of transgender equality and inclusion. The Bahamas does not include sexual orientation or gender identity in its “anti-discrimination” laws.
Moreover, Same-sex marriage is illegal there. LGBT violence in the Bahamas has also been at an all-time high in recent years and reached a fever pitch just last year during a battle for hate crimes law. Homophobic mobs were chasing people out of festivals. This is true bigotry and hatred. Yet the NCAA pulls out of NC because we don’t provide a “safe and respectful environment”?
So perhaps the NCAA will be making an announcement that they’ve pulled these games out of the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas as well. But don’t hold your breath. And these are not even the only territories/ states with laws similar or identical to HB2…
Are we truly supposed to believe that the Board of Governors at the NCAA were so distressed by the bigotry in North Carolina that it took them 6 months to decide to pull out of our state? Or is it more likely that, due to political pressure, they chose to make a political statement with this action just weeks before an election?
Give me a break. Of course that’s the case. And if you choose to believe that this decision and the decisions from the NBA and ACC are sincere and apolitical, you are simply deceived.