K Ivey – Republican Governor of Alabama – No more juice than Nick Saban. That’s how things work in the South, especially when you’ve won seven national championships as a head coach in the SEC. And since people are more familiar with Saban than Ivey, it’s only fair to ask him about a United States Supreme Court ruling that state politicians are ignoring, which will continue to hurt the very people who made him the greatest college football coach of all time.
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Just days earlier, the state of Alabama refused to create a second majority-black congressional district, which was overruled Last month’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States who got potential violation of the Voting Rights Act in Alabama congressional map, To rectify the situation, Alabama had to draw a new map that would give black voters a greater voice. However, “lawmakers in the Republican-dominated House and Senate instead passed a plan that would increase the percentage of black voters in the state’s second district from about 31 percent to 40 percent. The map was a compromise between those plans, with percentages of 42 percent and 38 percent for the Southeast Alabama district. GOP Gov. Kay Ivey immediately signed it,” read reports from associated Press,
“There is absolutely no opportunity for anyone other than a white Republican to win that district. It will never elect a Democrat. They will not elect any black. They will not elect a minority,” Senator Roger Smitherman, a Democrat of Birmingham, told the AP.
Alabama has 140 seats in the Legislature. Only 33 of them are black – 32 of them are Democrats.
Let’s talk about the Alabama football team
Since Saban has been the head coach at Alabama (2007), More than 125 players have been selected from his program. Only 19 of them are not black. the University of Alabama has only one 12.6 percent undergraduate black enrollment,
If Saban doesn’t know what’s going on in the state he governs, and what’s being done to people who look like the players he coaches, then willful ignorance is the only answer. The only other option is cowardice, considering that Saban has no problem discussing other political matters that “impact football.”
“Yeah, I don’t have any problem with that. Unionize it, make it like the NFL, said Saban AL.com’s Michael Casagrande about the void in May. “I mean, if it would be equal for everyone, I think it’s better than what we have now. Because we have some states right now and some schools in some states are investing a lot more money in terms of managing their rosters than others, and I think that’s going to create a real competitive disadvantage for some in the future. And it will also create an imbalance in the competitive nature of the game, which is not good for the game.”
Saban quickly jumps in front of the microphone whenever he can to share his feelings about the Nile, but does not when it comes to addressing the racial and social issues of the time. And it’s not as if this is the first interplay between sports and politics that has made national headlines for what happened in Alabama. earlier this month, Charles Barkley announces he’s setting aside $5 million in his will Scholarship money for black students to attend Auburn University after the Supreme Court ended affirmative action.
“In my will, I am leaving Auburn $5 million,” Barclay announced, “I’m going to change it to scholarships for black students only. This is my way of trying to make sure that Auburn remains diverse. I love Auburn. I have actually converted it to be used for children from poor homes. But after yesterday’s verdict, my phone kept going off. I was talking to my friends and said, ‘I need to make sure black people always have a place in Auburn. So I’m going to change my will and bequeath it specifically to black students – all $5 million. This is the perfect job for me. I’ve always wanted to make sure Auburn is diverse.”
If Saban doesn’t address the Alabama situation, It would be reminiscent of something that Hubert Davis is doing in North Carolina – Like Saban, his job also makes him the most powerful person in the state. Davis is UNC’s first black head basketball coach, and he has avoided the responsibilities that come with that honor because he has remained silent on the school’s treatment of Nicole Hannah-Jones and the millions of people who were not transferred to the Ida B. Wells Society.
Spiderman’s uncle once said that “with great power comes great responsibility, This saying is as true in real life as it is in the movies/comics. Being the head coach at no. 1 event in your school’s campus at the Power Five level gives you a platform that very few can rival. And beyond the pay, perks and hiring benefits that come with the job, there is a responsibility to make a difference. Republican politicians in Alabama do not want to redraw the map because they fear losing power. Imagine what would happen if the most powerful and invincible man in the kingdom demanded it from him.