Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NAACP Warns Athletes Away

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NAACP Warns Athletes Away

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GREENVILLE, S.C. - The state NAACP is increasing the pressure on South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse dome by encouraging Black student athletes to stay away from state colleges and universities.

"We think a number of them would support us and would rather be somewhere else than continue to see that flag fly," says James Gallman of Aiken, state NAACP president.

Clemson athletic director Bobby Robinson says he was unaware of the move and would not speculate on its impact. "You're telling me something for the first time," he said. "I've not heard it, so I wouldn't even want to comment on that."

University of South Carolina athletic department spokesman Kerry Tharp also said he hadn't heard about the stepped up boycott. Head football coach Lou Holtz has said he thinks the flag should come down.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has called for a tourism boycott of South Carolina to take effect Jan. 1. The civil rights organization has said it will continue the boycott until legislators remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse. …

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