Letters to the Editor

NAACP boycott call bad for state

For some reason I get just a bit tired of hearing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People call for a boycott of the S.C. economy by the world every time decisions do not go their way. The lawmakers in this state want to create more jobs in South Carolina to enable our citizens, white, black, etc., to earn a living and pay taxes. The NAACP and some lawmakers expect outsiders (who bring money, which improves the economy) to honor the boycott and stay away. Great logic. Perhaps it is time for the NAACP to appoint new leaders, and just maybe S.C. voters should elect new lawmakers who actually think about the damage they do with their so-called boycotts. Which, incidentally, are usually ineffective because few intelligent people honor the call to stay away from our state. The NAACP boycott message: Do not come to South Carolina, do not spend your money, do not pay our taxes, etc.

First and foremost, they want a boycott over flying the Confederate flag. A simple message should be applied; it is called history, let it go. Fly the Confederate flag, the Union flag and the U.S. flag side by side. It is all about history. It happened, it is over, move on.

In late March the NAACP and black lawmakers issued another boycott alarm. This time they became unhappy because there were not enough votes in the legislature to get a black lawmaker appointed to a full term on the University of South Carolina board of trustees. What do they want? Why, they want a boycott. They have called for black athletes to "reconsider" their opportunities to play for USC. These kids, through athletic or scholastic ability, earned a right to play sports at USC. Why should they be asked to forgo that opportunity? S.C. lawmakers should look at the makeup of the S.C. sports teams. Perhaps there should be a boycott from another point of view. I doubt black lawmakers nor will the NAACP want to look at the issue from the other side of the black vs. white perspective.

Why not let ability and qualifications dictate who plays sports, who gets scholarships or who gets political jobs? Lawmakers, black and white, should be working to get people to visit South Carolina instead of driving them away with boycotts over sheer nonsense.

The writer lives in Pittsburgh.