Published: Вт, Марта 21, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

March Madness 2017: Confederate Flag Flown Near South Carolina vs. Duke Site

March Madness 2017: Confederate Flag Flown Near South Carolina vs. Duke Site

Lest anyone still argue that Donald Trump's reign of terror hasn't emboldened bigots to come out of pretend-hiding, this past weekend a group of angry college-basketball enthusiasts with a pickup truck hoisted the Confederate flag atop a parking garage next to Bon Secours Wellness Arena, site of several NCAA Tournament match-ups, including SC against Duke.

The NCAA announced Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, would serve as a host for this year's tournament last October after banning championship events from taking place in North Carolina as a result of the state's HB2 law that discriminates against transgender people. They had planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. "Freedom of speech activities on public property in areas surrounding the arena are managed by the city of Greenville and we are supportive of the city's efforts". The group raised the flag at about 9.30am Sunday, and that flag was down by 6pm, according to a report from WYFF.

This regional has dealt with politically charged events the past six months.

SC won this weekend's Greenville Regional after the NCAA made a decision to pull all tournament games out of North Carolina as a result of that state's so-called bathroom bill, which requires transgender individuals to use the public restroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificates.

The NCAA has had a contentious relationship with both North and SC in recent years.

Normally, it would have taken some time for SC to get added back into the hosting rotation, due to how far in advance tournaments and championships are scheduled - but luckily for them, another state stepped in to show its bigotry. That's why this event is being held in our state right now.

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Tickets remain for regionals at the NCAA's seven other regional sites.

State lawmakers voted to remove the flag three weeks after Dylann Roof opened fire in a Charleston church, killing nine African American members. "We wanted to show the NCAA that we're still here".

'I didn't feel it was right when the flag came down, ' said Meadows, who said his ancestors fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

Hunter Meadows, who was among those protesting with the flag on Sunday, told the Associated Press that the flag and its supporters shouldn't be blamed for Roof's actions.

Incident: Protesters said they wanted to make their presence known to the NCAA.

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