What Does NAACP Boycott Lift Mean for South Carolina Businesses?
Source: ABC Columbia
July 14, 2015
Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) -- With the lowering of the Confederate Flag, comes the lift of NAACP's travel boycott on the State of South Carolina. Ted Pitts, President of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce says, "It's a good day in South Carolina now with the boycott and the NCAA ban both been lifted." The NAACP announced the resolution on Saturday, ending its 15 year boycott. Lonnie Randolph, President of the Association's South Carolina chapter addressed the matter just hours after the flag's removal. Randolph says, "It came down because economically we put a strong hold on the state of South Carolina...South Carolina is smart state, a smart state, South Carolina did what it had to do to continue to survive." According to Pitts the lift of the boycott means good things for business owners across the state. Pitts says, "You know I think when people try to quantify the numbers when it comes to a ban or boycott, it's hard to do that. What I can tell you is that the business community was concerned with the heightened attention related to the media coverage of South Carolina." Pitt commends policy makers for their quick action on the issue which he says will enhance tourism, expand market opportunities for South Carolina goods, and attract a more diverse workforce. All things that contribute to a strong economy. "I don't know that we'll see a spike because of the actions but I do think addressing the issue means we're not going to see a dip." Ted Pitts says, "It's a good day in South Carolina now with the boycott and the NCAA ban both been lifted," says Pitts.