The ACC Baseball Championship was originally scheduled to take place in Myrtle Beach. Due to NAACP protests of all major collegiate post season sport events being held in South Carolina because of the Confederate flag still flying on State House grounds, the games will be moved to North Carolina. State Representative Chip Limehouse says the NAACP broke an agreement.
“Prominent legislative black leaders that were closely associated with the NAACP and the NAACP themselves were at the table when we made a gentleman’s agreement in the Legislature to take the flag off the dome and put it on the State House grounds at the Confederate dead monument. I voted for all that, and we all knew what was going to happen, we all knew the agreement, and that was the big, final thing to put it to bed once and for all, and now they are breaking it over and over again,” says Limehouse.
The ACC says since 2000, they have been supportive of the NAACP’s decision of no pre-determinded championships in the state, but in 2005 they decided to consider these games on a case-by-case basis. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said he awarded Myrtle Beach the championships with the understanding that all parties were in agreement.
Limehouse says the NAACP’s decision is hurting business in the state.
“I think they’re hurting black people as well as white people when they run business out of South Carolina because we all know our state is approximately one-third African-American, and we are proud of that, and they need jobs just like our white residents do,” says Limehouse.
Limehouse says he doesn’t think this issue is all about the Confederate flag.
“I think it’s about them trying to remain relevant, and be in the game, and they’re not doing that right now. This is their only issue they have to try and generate interest and generate money, and this is what it’s all about, I think it’s about money,” says Limehouse.
The ACC Championship games will be held in Greensboro, NC in 2010 and 2012 and in Durham, NC in 2011 and 2013.