< I sent a copy of the post below to Ray Tanner. I want him to know how usc is polarizing its fans by allowing coaches and players to become political activist while wearing their official usc titles and seeming to represent the u of sc. If he responds I will let you all know what he says. He's probably anticipated some fan backlash and has a canned response ready for me. That's ok because he cant change my mind>
As you all know and have probably seen it coming - our colleges and sports programs and conferences have now become political weapons of the liberal marxist left. This is a very sad day to me as the realization that nothing is free from politics anymore sets in. Used to be you could go to a movie or a sporting event and not be barraged with and political "messages" or protests. You didn’t have to be lectured on how to think or behave by hollywood celebrities and well known sports figures whose own lives are in shambles because they have no morals or character. I refuse to allow them to bring grief and strife into something that I enjoy.
When politics comes in then the fun goes out. It's like filling a room with nitrogen. It pushes the oxygen out of the room, but you don’t even know it’s happening. You soon pass out and die from asphyxiation. These days I see my favorite college sports team now engaging in thoughtless left wing politics. They are pushing the oxygen out of the room, but I DO see it coming. I don't know if they realize they are alienating so many of their fans\financial supporters or not, or if they even care. Soon they will be taking knees, giving the flag their middle fingers, and making robert deniro type comments during post game interviews. Sad indeed. I am sure(by their recent actions) my college sports teams coaches and players mostly support antifa and blm and believe that I am some old white privileged bigot. Because some stupid cop does something wrong now I must become a second class citizen and give away my history and heritage. In addition I must admit how racist and bad I am because God chose to make me with light pigmented skin. Be assured that I don't fit in with their bow down to us or else group.
I have been a gamecock fan since the age of twelve. I stuck with them through good and bad. As most of you know it has been mostly bad and mediocre. However, I endeavored to persevere as good fans do. I have also been a Christian since i was about 5 yo. and I must say that God has never let me down. At some point I feel the need to question myself whether I support something that is going against God’s will. If I support something that God would not approve of then am I not guilty of it myself? I do not align myself with hatred, antagonization and division and that's what the democrat party, blm and antifa, news media, sports, music, and movie industries are about. I’m not into telling people what flags they can fly, or symbols they can wear on their shirt, or names they give to buildings they own. While falsely claiming to be tolerant and diverse they are in reality mongers of hate, division and antagonization. It is apparent that usc has decided to go in with satan’s minions. The ncaa says they will not allow tournaments now in a state that adorns flags of oppression. Well I think anyone that tries to force someone or blackmail them into conforming to their will is the very definition of oppression. So, I have made a decision and I will stick with it. I hereby declare that I no longer support the university of south carolina, the sec conference or any of its activities, sports or otherwise. Just like I did with the nfl a few years ago I will no longer attend usc sporting events nor follow them on tv\radio. They will never receive one more dime of my money or a moment of my conscience thought. I can't serve God and play in the devil's playground too. So now I give up gamecock sports and all other sports just as I have movies produced by hollywood. I will continue to follow this thread until it's run its course but then that's it. I have enjoyed reading many of your posts over the years and wish you all the best. A lot of you are good God fearing people. God's way is love and forgiveness. The devils way is hatred and division and oppression. I encourage others to make that bold step. If you do not agree with the politicization of sports then disengage from it. You can do it! The ncaa, sec, usc and all the other sports teams and supporting organizations have NO power over you unless you give it to them. Without lots of fans most of them would collapse under the financial stress alone. The fans have the REAL power! As my mom used to tell me from time to time when I was a child “You’re getting too big for your britches”. Well our sports, coaches and players have now gotten too big for their britches” I’ve got my switch out and I’m using it. Now is the time - Choose your side. Goodbye and goodluck.
Edited by RoboRooster, 21 June 2020 - 02:48 AM.