Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

North Carolina bill would punish sports conferences that boycott over anti-LGBT laws

Another day, another hateful bill filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

This time, legislators have proposed a bill going after the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which pulled championship games from the state last year because of the anti-LGBT “bathroom bill,” HB2.

The new bill, House Bill 728, says that if an intercollegiate athletic association boycotts North Carolina in the future, the campuses in the University of North Carolina system in that conference would be prohibited from granting any media rights to that conference, and would provide written notice to that conference that they intend to leave upon the expiration of media rights.

In other words, if the ACC boycotts North Carolina again due to its discriminatory laws, the ACC would lose two of its biggest schools, the University of North Carolina and N.C. State.

While the ACC reinstated championship games in the state last month after the state’s (inadequate) repeal of HB2, their initial boycott made many Republican lawmakers in the state furious.

“We’re taking this seriously and we’re not going to sit back idly and let them do whatever they want to North Carolina,” said Rep. Mark Brody (R), as reported by CBS North Carolina.

Rep. Graig Meyer (D) called this a “payback bill from people who supported House Bill 2.”

The ACC is one of the most prominent athletic conferences in the country, and four North Carolina schools — UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Duke University, and Wake Forest University — are at the heart of the conference, particularly when it comes to men’s college basketball. Duke and Wake Forest are not impacted by this bill because they are private universities.

It is unclear at this time how much support HB728 has, but it is important to note that Republicans have the supermajority in the North Carolina House and Senate.

Original Article
Author: Lindsay Gibbs

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