August

Georgia’s Masters


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Republicans across the nation, not just in Georgia, are upset with businesses protesting against the state’s brand new voter suppression laws. The people who scream about “cancel culture” are all about the Cancel Culture Club when it suits their purposes. The Georgia House in the state legislature actually passed a measure to rescind tax breaks on airline fuel because Delta Airlines voiced objections to the racist law. To punish Coca-Cola, will there be a new sugar tax?

Most of the Republican outrage is being directed at Major League Baseball for the moment. A baker should be allowed to refuse to bake gay wedding cakes and Hobby Lobby should be allowed to force the owner’s fundamentalist religious views on its female employees, but dammit…baseball needs to play ball with racists.

MLB has moved the All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver. Republicans claim Colorado has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia. That is not true. They say liberals, Democrats, and protesting corporations are lying about the new Georgia voting law. That is also not true. Mitch McConnell, who is all for corporate donations and the Supreme Court ruling that they have the right to unlimited donations, now says corporations should stay out of politics.

That’s as hypocritical as saying a Democratic president can’t nominated a Supreme Court justice in an election year, but a Republican president can.

The only reason Republicans want corporations to stay silent is because they disagree with them.

So Georgia has lost the All-Star game, but at least they still have the Masters. Oh, boy. Maybe now would be a good time to re-think that name.

It’s 2021 and they haven’t changed that racist name yet? Even if it’s not about masters of slaves, in Georgia, in the deep south, at a golf club that was famous for not allowing black members….change the fucking name, morons.

Golf in the United States has a long history of racism. So when Republicans brag that they haven’t lost a golf tournament over their brand new voter suppression laws, keep in mind they’re talking about a sport that’s whiter than curling, or polo, or hockey, or NASCAR…if NASCAR was a sport.

The Masters tournament is held annually at the Augusta National Golf Club. Its chairman, Fred Ridley, said, “The right to vote is fundamental in our democratic society. No one should be disadvantaged in exercising that right, and it is critical that all citizens have confidence in the electoral process.” Beyond that, he wouldn’t come down on either side of the law. He rejected issuing an opinion on it. But, looking at his words, he could be on either side.

He said, “No one should be disadvantaged in exercising their right to vote.” They could be against the new racist laws that are designed to discourage voting…and to make voting harder if you’re black. He also said, “It is critical that all citizens have confidence in the electoral process,” which sounds a lot like that bullshit Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has been saying.

Kemp argues that the law expands voting…which is a lie. Republicans across the nation, who have proposed over 250 laws designed to make voting harder for black Americans, claim we have to restore “confidence in the electoral process” after an election without any substantial voter fraud. They’re only changing these laws because they lost. Ridley may be giving credibility to their lying argument.

Golfers Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, and Bryson DeChambeau have each voiced support about the right to vote and the importance for everyone to have easy access…but those points are used fraudulently by Republicans to defend the new racist laws. The only golfer to clearly oppose Georgia’s efforts to restrict voting is Cameron Champ, who said the new law is “shocking” and “frustrating.”

Champ said, “It really targets certain black communities and makes it harder to vote.” I don’t watch golf but I know who I’m rooting for.

The PGA and Augusta National Golf Club need to do more for voting rights. Golf has a racist history. This particular golf club has a racist history. One of the co-founders of the club said, “As long as I’m alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black.” For what it’s worth, he’s no longer alive. He died in 1977 and it still took the club until 1990 to invite its first black member. Today, out of about 300 members, maybe nine of them are black. The club still bars women from joining…but you can bring your wife.

When it comes to race issues, Republicans are in a sand trap and they can’t get out. The PGA and Augusta National Golf Club should leave them there…and maybe join this century. Sports and businesses should do more for the society they profit from and live in. If you ignore race issues to avoid being on the wrong side, your silence is putting you on the wrong side.

Augusta needs to come toward the light. They can bring their green jackets.

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