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Black recruits urged to avoid Gamecocks

(Yeah, this will go over well in the comments.)

A racial brouhaha is brewing in South Carolina, and it’s putting college football recruits right in the middle of the growing controversy.

According to The State, members of the black community in the state — including legislators — are urging football recruits to stay away from the University of South Carolina.  Why?  Because the school’s board of trustees is about to lose it’s lone African-American member.

“We are asking young athletes to be aware … there are folks in this state who say it’s fine to play ball but not be on the governing board,” State Rep. David Weeks said.

Former Gamecock lineman and current lawmaker Anton Gunn said running back Marcus Lattimore, the crown jewel of Steve Spurrier’s 2010 recruiting class and one of the top players in the nation at any position, was one of the recruits who was contacted and asked to reconsider his commitment due to the racial structure of the board.

Lawyer Leah B. Moody is the trustee in danger of losing the seat as Weeks said he didn’t think she would have enough votes to get re-elected.  The USC board consists of 22 trustees — 16 who are elected by lawmakers and six who are appointed/have positions high up in the government and/or university.

“With that many board members, to not have a single African-American and to send the message around this world that this body does not care about diversity but yet we want to recruit black athletes? You can’t send that mixed message,” Rep. Todd Rutherford, a Columbia Democrat and alumnus of the University of South Carolina Law School, said according to The State.

So, uhhh, how ’bout this weather we’re having, eh…

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  1. adeem4578 says: Mar 24, 2010 5:02 PM

    PUUHHLEASE!!!!…. WAH WAH WAH!!!!… That’s what I’m hearing.

  2. Mike says: Mar 24, 2010 6:30 PM

    I agree, WHAT EVER!!
    I’d like to know exactly how many qualified african americans have applied for the USC board???

  3. BcS_h8er says: Mar 24, 2010 6:40 PM

    Seriously? WTF is this world coming to? Everyone needs to quit effing whining over nothing, it is really getting old……

  4. subadai says: Mar 24, 2010 6:50 PM

    “So, uhhh, how ’bout this weather we’re having, eh…”
    The weather is nice. Thanks for asking!

  5. aious says: Mar 24, 2010 6:51 PM

    I would have thought people would tell them to stay away from South Carolina because they are a losing program that has never won ANYTHING

  6. Terry says: Mar 24, 2010 6:55 PM

    May want to think about re-electing Mr. Rutherford!!!!

  7. SkeeterK says: Mar 25, 2010 12:15 AM

    Racial disparity in South Carolina? I don’t believe it.

  8. says: Mar 25, 2010 12:23 AM

    Affirmative action is dead. Sucks not having a job handed to you huh?

  9. Thor says: Mar 25, 2010 8:25 AM

    If South Carolina is such a bad place, why don’t all black people just leave there and go live in Illinois or Washington DC?

  10. Seeryer says: Mar 25, 2010 11:24 AM

    It is pretty sad that of a 22 member board for the University of South Carolina, not one, let me repreat that, not one, is AA. That is a shame. South Carolina has a large black population. Hell, James Clyburn is the third most powerful member of Congress and he is AA and from South Carolina. How come he isn’t on the board? Is Mark Sanford on it or because he had an affair with a Latina he has been voted off? How can there not be 5 to 10 AA on the board? There are plenty of qualified African Americans from South Carolina who wouldn’t embarass the state like Mark Sanford has over the last two years. African Americans make up 30% of the residents of South Carolina. The board of the state’s largest public university should be as well. Or at least representative of the diversity of the student enrollment. Percentage of student enrollment and their race should have something to do with representation on the board. Let SC have a day when there are no white members on the board. Tea Party dunces would like like intelligent liberals compared to the outraged cracker masses that would descend on Columbia.

  11. Gabrielsdad237 says: Mar 25, 2010 12:10 PM

    Hey Seeryer,
    How many have applied? Do you know that or just assume because there are qualified Blacks not on the board it must be discrimination? How long do we have to listen to this drivel from from the so called Black Leadership? No one in this country is owed a damn thing. If you have proof of discrimination bring suit or STFU!
    My opinion is this is a well played ploy by Clemson!

  12. IST2P says: Mar 25, 2010 1:08 PM

    Say it aint so. Blacks discriminated in SC. 1 out of 22 on the board and the state at least 30% black. No way the fair, elightened, post racial people of SC would put up with this. You are joking right??? Why do we even discuss he obvious. Yes SC does not want Black Folks in a position of any power and yes SC wants Black men on the Gamecock football team, in prison, as low wage workers, and any other position where their skills, talents, bodies, and minds can be exploited. Harsh words, but nothing like those who disagree with me will use.

  13. cmclaurin says: Mar 25, 2010 1:13 PM

    Well Gabrielsdad237, Mike, adeem4578, THor:
    Its quite mind-boggling that you guys would say such things via the internet, when all actuality you strumpets would probably never say those harsh words in public; of fear of the consequences that would be detrimental to one emotionally and/or physically. Relax guys and watch how this plays out. No one knows whats going to be the aftermath of this; they’re creating a holding enviroment in an issue that needs to be addressed. Thanks,

  14. JOEH says: Mar 25, 2010 1:47 PM

    Miss Moody,
    “send the message around this world that this body does not care about diversity but yet we want to recruit black athletes?” Please, with all the serious problems in the world today, do you really think “THE WORLD” cares about your idiotic rant.

  15. gatorman32 says: Mar 25, 2010 2:14 PM

    Well , let’s be fair about this.
    We will put some black people on the board just as soon as they put some white people on the team. Especially defense.

  16. SavannahStang66 says: Mar 25, 2010 2:22 PM

    As a Dawg fan I empathize with USC fans. Why wouldn’t the recruit determine the best situation to play for a school, promote himself athletically with effort, get an education and work to be an AA member of the USC board if he so chooses or go else-where. I’ll tell you this those that are asking him to “Look else-where” won’t be there when he hasn’t done for what’s best for him. They’ll be looking out for them-selves Only. Wish you USC fans luck but the Diversity perspective replacing the ole civil rights movement is just another way to promote someone on race rather than earning it. As long as we as a society continue to cave to this type of action we’ll continue to perpetuate the results.

  17. shawnstreet says: Mar 25, 2010 3:48 PM

    Just curious, how many board members are Jewish, Hispanic, Eastern European, Wester European, Australian, American Indian, Arabs, wear glasses, wear contacts, have bald heads, brown eyes…
    You mean to honestly tell me, there are no bald Native Americans that wear contacts on that board??? Well that settles it, I’m going to Clemson.

  18. Cornerdenizen says: Mar 25, 2010 5:38 PM

    @cmclaurin: Very well said, my man.
    You know it’s funny. Whenever racial disparity is the topic, you can always identify those white folks who have no black friends, family members, or acquaintances. They’re the first ones to dismiss the issue entirely.
    Thats because everyone in their lives is the same. They look the same, have the same experiences, and share the same points of view. They’ve never been remotely close to anyone oustide of their own comfort zone–ie, anyone who isnt white–yet they claim, without irony or the faintest shadow of a doubt, that racism simply does. not. exist.
    It’s comical, really.

  19. oceanside1 says: Mar 25, 2010 6:15 PM

    First of all, if I was a top college recruit I would go to the real USC. Once you see the diversity of the team, socialize with the Black AD, see firsthand the history and tradition, why would you want to go down south or stay down south for that matter? The south is stuck in the past and they won’t change, its the southern way of running things. Why don’t athletes see that and make a sound decision on where they want to attend school for the next 3-4 years. South Carolina thinks, its ok to play for us and make us rich, but that’s about it “BOY”. Southern athletes need to stop being scared of leaving the little towns and start seeing the freedoms that the Mighty Trojans and other programs have. Bigots out west are the minority, not the majority. I’ve experienced this first hand. I moved down south and realized real quick that I can’t be here with these people at all. Brotha’s get the big picture and break out of the small town, need my momma around me box. Football is a real man’s sport.

  20. oceanside1 says: Mar 25, 2010 6:25 PM

    WTF bigots are at it again.

  21. TheBlackRugger says: Mar 26, 2010 12:58 PM

    As a current University of South Carolina student, USC rugby player and African-American, It hurts a little to even see this about the school and read some of the blind comments made whether black or white. if you do NOT attend the school nor live in the state of SC you really dont know whats going on…YES there are racial disparities in the state and sure there are alot at USC, but the fact of the matter is, this is the SOUTH, they still fly the confederate flag not on top any longer but directly in front of the state house, directly behind a statue of Robert E. Lee. Yes, if the opportunity presents itself, I do think whether black or white, you should travel to another school for academics and sports. I chose Carolina for my own reasons. Should Black players be weary of Carolina?? maybe so, but it is their choice to make, and shouldn’t be blind-sided by a group of our own. what if this is the ONLY place for that young man to play ball?? What if he is a Life-Long fan of Carolina, and always wanted to play his college ball here??? Sure there are some areas (plenty) the state has to do some serious work toward REAL progress, but it starts personally. We ALL have got to get this racial bullshit out of our heads and look forward. I’ve had whites spit in my face here, and then some hug me the next minute, for a great game, or just being who I am, and its hard dealing with those things and sometimes confusing. Catch up people!! we are so far behind in SC…in every since of the word…Blacks moving any will not solve shit, but staying here and at least trying to be an upright human being and changing some things can. but it starts with self, We HAVE to STOP blaming folk for our own faults!! we have been on the defensive from whites so long that the shit is becoming embedded in our DNA “so to speak”, If we raise our children correctly shit would be much different, primarily with an open mind….

  22. Cornerdenizen says: Mar 26, 2010 3:29 PM

    In a forum such as this, be careful. There are inherent problems when speaking about black folks “faults.”
    You want to inspire conversation and awareness, not give people reason to perpetuate a serious problem.
    Just as you say, education is the key. But for EVERYONE, not just black folks.
    Some racial disparity is driven not by hate, but by ignorance. A white man may not hire you, and not because he says to himself, “I hate black people.”
    It just won’t occur to him that he has surrounded himself with people who are exactly like him. Thats because he hasn’t ever had to look outside of himself and the characteristics that define him. It happens.
    So when his attention is called to this, he’ll do one of two things: A) acknowledge that his lack of social experience may have led to a narrow minded approach to business and to life, or B) get extremely defensive and see to it that no black folks are anywhere in sight.
    Much as we’d all like to think the first reaction is most prevalent, that just isnt the case…

  23. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 28, 2010 8:32 AM

    You can’t have this many people on earth with this much media…ignorance truly is bliss,but with every single thing that happens every single day being reported, and in alot of cases, manipulated to appease or upset the masses…it’s chaos.

  24. Arizona Buckeye says: Apr 19, 2010 12:12 AM

    Sadly, racial bigotry still exists in the country. We’ve come a long way but we still have a tremendously long way to go. Sooner or later, people who are spewing racial hatred will be in the minority – I doubt it in my lifetime but it will happen!

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