The city of Tampa, Florida isn’t backing down from any potential backlash for choosing the side of justice in this latest racially-driven battle over the removal of confederate statues in the United States.
Tampa Bay's three pro sports teams have donated money to help have a confederate statue in front of a downtown Tampa courthouse removed. https://t.co/cTXnA52AAO
Influenced by the integrity and call-to-action of Tony Dungy, MLB's Tampa Bay Rays also issued a joint statement with the NFL's Bucs and the NHL's Lightning. The move is estimated to cost $280,000 and efforts to fundraise had not been very successful until former Buccaneers coach and current Tampa-area citizen Dungy brought some attention to the issue, pledging $5,000 to the cause and challenging the Rays, Lightning, and Buccaneers to help out with funds as well.
We've issued a joint statement with the @TBBuccaneers and @TBLightning. #TeamTampaBay
As with most of the hot button racial issues in America today, opinions were split on the news. Some people just can’t let go of the past.
@stpete2you @RaysBaseball @TBBuccaneers @TBLightning And we should remember that. Not try to hide it. There is no reason to hide history. There is a reason to remember it.
And others can’t believe we are still discussing such issues in 2017 and arguing over statues erected to professional killers at a time when America was a terribly flawed country in regards to racially equality.
@Matt15Thompson @stpete2you @RaysBaseball @TBBuccaneers @TBLightning Right, so obviously, we should erect memorials to Timothy McVeigh and Charles Manson. So we don't forget them.