NAACP opposes NCAA softball tournament until state flag comes down
A Civil Rights group is asking the NCAA to move a regional softball tournament out of Mississippi because the state flag contains the Confederate battle emblem.
Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson calls the emblem a ‘racial hate symbol.’
The University of Mississippi in Oxford is hosting an NCAA regional tournament Friday through Sunday. Since 2001, the NCAA has not scheduled a pre-selected championship, such as a football bowl game, in a state where the Rebel flag flies prominently. However, the NCAA allows schools in those states to host events in which the team earns a home field advantage.
The NCAA praised South Carolina in 2015 for removing a Confederate battle flag from the statehouse. The collegiate sports group called the flag a ‘symbol of racism.’