By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Cameron Champ, the one American participant of Black heritage on the Masters, stated he was upset within the new voting restrictions in Georgia, the place the Augusta event takes place.
The laws, handed final month, makes voter identification necessities for absentee ballots extra stringent and shortens early voting durations for runoffs, making it a criminal offense to supply meals and water to voters ready in line.
Critics say the law handed by Georgia’s Republican-led state legislature goals to suppress voting amongst Black folks and different racial minorities who are likely to vote Democratic.
“As you can tell, it really targets certain Black communities and makes it harder to vote, which to me it’s everyone’s right to vote,” Champ stated, two days ahead of the primary spherical at Augusta National.
“For me to see that, it’s very shocking. Obviously, with MLB (Major League Baseball) and what they did and moving the All-Star game was a big statement. I know there’s a bunch of other organizations and companies that have moved things.”
MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred final week ordered the game to relocate its 2021 All-Star Game after Georgia instituted the new voting guidelines.
While Champ was talking to a handful of reporters exterior the clubhouse, again within the press constructing three-times Masters winner Phil Mickelson stated he was unfamiliar with the main points of the new voting restrictions.
“I do believe in the rights and treating all people equal, and I hope that as a Californian we lead by example and that others will follow suit,” he added.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy additionally selected his phrases rigorously.
“I have to be respectful and somewhat careful what I say because I’m not a citizen of this country, but I certainly think all great countries and democracies are built on equal voting rights and everyone being able to get to the ballot boxes as easily as possible,” he stated.
“I’ve chosen to live in this country because I believe this country is the best country in the world. America is the land of opportunity, and it’s the American dream. You work hard; you get rewarded. So I believe in all of that stuff.”
World quantity 86 Champ stated he felt compelled to maintain the difficulty of race within the highlight, and wished to boost his sport to the following degree to raise the platform from which he might communicate.
“There’s not many people (on tour) who are willing to talk about it,” he stated.
“It kind of gives me a little chip on my shoulder just to get to where I know I can get because then, once I get there, then I know I can do a lot more things.”
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Toby Davis)