The NAACP penned a two-page letter to the gamers’ associations of 5 skilled sports activities on Thursday, calling for athletes to not signal with Texas primarily based groups.
The letter comes amid Texas Gov. Greg Abbott implementing new legal guidelines that the NAACP referred to as “archaic”. The legal guidelines referred to as into query are an abortion regulation that bans procedures after six weeks of being pregnant, a invoice that tightens voting legal guidelines, the banning of vaccine mandates and the invoice that claims youth athletes should play in opposition to the gender they have been born with.
“Over the past few months, legislators in Texas have passed archaic policies, disguised as laws, that directly violate privacy rights and a woman’s freedom to choose, restrict access to free and fair elections for Black and brown voters, and increase the risk of contracting coronavirus,” the letter reads.
The groups the NAACP are asking gamers to not signal with come from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and the WNBA. NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson signed off on the letter, calling free of charge brokers to assume twice earlier than signing.
“If you are considering signing in Texas, I ask you to ensure that owners are upholding their responsibility of protecting you, the athlete, and your family,” the letter states. “I ask you to use your influence to help protect the constitutional rights of each individual at risk.”
The letter continues, saying that Texas is the main the way in which in dismantling civil rights within the nation.
“Texas is setting a precedent for effectively dismantling civil rights throughout the nation. Their top priority is infringing on their constitutional duty to promote the general welfare,” the letter reads. “It is time we take this situation into our own hands and stand up for what is right. It is up to those with a voice to stand up for the women in our lives, to protect our children and our fellow citizens.”