Civil rights groups are making their voice heard after a controversial election reform bill was announced in the state of Georgia.
Local news outlets spoke about how Georgia’s GOP-led government passed a new bill that would now reform elections in a manner that many Democrats felt would restrict voting rights.
For this reason, both activists and athletes enrolled in this year’s PGA and MLB all-stars championship tournaments are calling out organizers to reconsider and shift the events away from Georgia.
Previously, the Masters was gearing up to take place in Augusta in April while the MLB all-stars event was scheduled in Atlanta for July of this year.
Now, however, there might be an evident shift in plans after the passing of the new bill. Experts spoke about how athletes and activists are choosing to boycott the tournaments if the venue remains Georgia. But what does the new reform contain that has so many people in absolute awe.
For starters, the law calls for the imposition of a new set of rules regarding absentee voting. This includes the presence of a photo ID as well as the shortening of a remote voting window too. Hence, it is paving the way to difficulties that would make it even harder for Black people to vote.
Now, the National Black Justice Coalition is just one of the many groups who are calling out pro-golfers not to play in the Peach State, unless and until the new restrictive law gets repealed.
The group mentioned how the PGA Tour, as well as Masters Tournament, are both making commitments in terms of instilling measures that would assist in diversifying the world of sports while addressing racial inequities at the same time in the USA.
In the same way, Activists have also gone as far as calling for a major boycott for Coca-Cola, right after the company, which is Atlanta-based, offered a pledge to fight racism in the summer of last year. However, it failed to speak out against the bill.