Leading Black Civil Rights Group Calls on the PGA Tour, Masters Tournament to Pull the Upcoming Championship Event from Augusta National Golf Course in Protest of Georgia’s Racist New Voter Suppression Law
National Black Justice Coalition Says Professional Golfers Should Refuse to Play in Georgia Until Voter Suppression Law is Repealed
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GEORGIA — In reaction to Georgia’s new sweeping voter rules restricting voter access to the polls, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is calling on the PGA Tour and Masters Tournament to pull the upcoming championship event from the Augusta National Golf Course. NBJC is also urging professional golfers to refuse to play in Georgia until SB 202 is repealed.
David J. Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, a leading civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ and same gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people, explained:
“Georgia’s new law restricting voting access is designed to turn back the clock on civil rights, and return Black and poor and already disenfranchised voters in Georgia to second class citizens.
“This is an unacceptable attack on our democracy – and companies that operate in Georgia must speak out against this restrictive law.
“The PGA Tour and Masters Tournament have both made commitments to help diversify golf and address racial inequities in this country – and we expect them to not only speak out against Georgia’s new racist voter suppression law – but to also take action.
“To that end, the National Black Justice Coalition is calling on the PGA Tour and Masters Tournament to pull the upcoming championship event from the Augusta National Golf Course. Professional golfers should refuse to play in Georgia until the racist voter suppression law is repealed.
“Professional golf should not reward Georgia’s attacks on democracy and voting rights with the millions of dollars in revenue that the tournament generates and the prestige it brings to the State.
“We all must act to protect our democracy and the right to vote.”
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