Prior to The Masters Tournament this weekend, some civil rights groups were calling for the biggest event in golf to be moved out of its home in Augusta Georgia due to a new voting law in Georgia that many think restricts the right for everyone to vote.
While The Masters will (obviously) still be played at Augusta National this year, many people are calling for a boycott from fans. Amid all the controversy, Masters chairman Fred Ridley made a vague statement on voting rights.
“We realize that views and opinions on this law differ, and there have been calls for boycotts and other punitive measures. Unfortunately, those actions often impose the greatest burdens on the most vulnerable in our society,” Ridley said, via Golf Digest. “And in this case, that includes our friends and neighbors here in Augusta who are the very focus of the positive difference we are trying to make.”
Ridley would go on to say that he thinks everyone should have the right to vote.
“I believe, as does everyone in our organization, that the right to vote is fundamental in our democratic society.”
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) April 7, 2021
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So, The Masters has taken their stance. They’re going to stay as far away from this political dispute as they possibly can.
I can’t imagine The Masters being played anywhere other than beautiful Augusta National, even if there are some new messed up voter ID laws being put in place by right-wing politicians in Georgia.