State House Being Blackmailed? Hmm..

Lawmakers Put S.C. on National Map Again
Today we learned that members of the SC Legislative Black Caucus have been calling high school seniors to inform them of the racial imbalance of the USC Board of Trustees. I have to admit, when I first read the headline I let go of the mouse, leaned forward and had to read the article again.

After shaking my head a little I leaned back and thought the same ole’, “Can’t we all just get along?” Hmmm….I guess time will tell.

I wrote a few points but given the sensitive nature of the subject I clicked it all away. This is an incredibly tangled web that includes public money, public officials, free educations from a public institution, a statewide and local community, paying fans, a network of paid coaches and professors, parents of athletes, and on and on. I guess I’ll leave it with the notion that perhaps the legislature needs to look into changing the system rather than hooking high school seniors (and therefore their parents) into a political poop fight.

There’s no question that the racial makeup of The Board of Trustees doesn’t reflect the snapshot of South Carolina or the diversity of USC. I just don’t know if this is the wisest action for the group to take.

On the surface, it seems the bigger picture may produce a larger negative than the immediate goal intends. Then again, perhaps all of the facets mentioned above are microscopic in the larger point the Caucus is trying to make. I guess it depends on who you ask.

Either way, I’m sure Coach Spurrier, Coach Beamer and the rest of USC’s recruiting team are frustrated, to say the least. Their jobs are hard enough without our own legislators undermining their hard work and long hours.

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