So, sports leagues with teams in Georgia should go back to the future, emulating the time when they stopped giving cities and states huge events (Super Bowls, Final Fours and league All-Star Games) that stimulate the local economy, even before political wokeness became a thing.
- New identification requirements for absentee voters, despite reports that more than 200,000 Georgia voters lack a driver’s license or state ID number. This measure will push voters to scramble to show proof of identity through other means like a utility bill, bank statement, passport, among others. Nationally, 25% of Black Americans lack government-issued photo ID, compared to only 8% of Whites.
- Under the new law, giving food and water to those waiting in line to vote is now illegal. This may discourage Black Georgia voters, who historically wait in longer lines than non-minorities and often in hot weather.
As activists and leaders grapple with these actions, industries and groups including the sports world can join the fight.
Atlanta likes getting sports stuff.
Just stop giving Atlanta sports stuff.
We can start by stripping Atlanta of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, which is set to take place in the city in July.
We need more of that.
Are you listening, Georgia Republican leaders?
Until you and your supporters realize the 19th century was so two centuries ago, everybody, from Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola in corporate America to the headquarters of the National Football League and Major League Soccer around various sports leagues, should boycott the state of Georgia in general — and Atlanta in particular.
Give them nothing.
Treat Atlanta and Georgia like they haven’t a clue until the overwhelming majority of politicians and voters for both of those places realize Confederate leader Robert E. Lee has been dead for 151 years and policies like the ones they’ve enacted don’t have a place in our society.
That is, Georgia Republican politicians gave the blueprint for their counterparts elsewhere to spit on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by disenfranchising Black voters.
Here’s how to change all of this in a hurry: Force those Republican Georgia politicians and their supporters to give you Robert E. Lee’s death certificate, and then you can start giving them sports and everything else again.