Reactionary Racism: Richard Burr and the NCAA

On Tuesday, the NCAA’s Board of Governors unanimously voted to allow student-athletes to profit off their own image and likeness. With this historic declaration, 460,000 NCAA student-athletes will finally be on their way to greater socio-economic freedom from the NCAA.

Keep in mind, this progression in no way guarantees any defined paycheck or salary for student-athletes, rather it merely gives them the option of using their own identity for profit through sponsorships or personal branding. 

It’s common sense that people should be able to use their own names and likeness to make a couple bucks. Right? 

Nonetheless, such a declaration has stirred up some resistance from conservatives who view paychecks to college athletes as detrimental to the culture of collegiate sports.

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr was one of the more vocal opponents to the NCAA policy change. 

It’s quite telling of Burr’s policy motivations if this is his immediate reaction to the NCAA ruling. Whatever profit a student makes from using their own identity is completely separate from the value of their scholarship. College athletes aren’t making any profit off of their scholarship, so why would we tax it? 

Socially-outspoken sports writer Molly Knight replied, “Why target poor black kids while you cut taxes for the wealthiest white Americans. I think I know!” 

Whatever few bucks the government would make off of taxing students’ scholarships is so much more petty and immoral than it is economically-productive and warranted. From Amazon to Big Pharma, Burr and his posse never fail to permit tax breaks and economic incentives to the corporations while continuing to exploit the American worker. 

So why would he care about taxing college athletes’ scholarships? To put it bluntly, Burr is just another peg in the racist, establishment political elite that promotes the personification of the American dollar over its own people. 


  1. This story is quite shocking to me — how crazy do you have to be to tax a student’s scholarship? Is it ignorance? racism? I’m honestly not sure, but Burr seems to be off the pulse on what the Fair Pay to Play Act is trying to achieve. What’s even more shocking to me is that this Act comes so late — since someone is playing sports at such an elite level, why would they have not been able to profit off their own image anyway? Why was this rule created in the first place? Student athletes bring in SO much money for a university, why would they not be able to share in that value creation? Overall, it’s about time CA pass that act, and I hope other states will follow — WITHOUT taxing students’ scholarships.


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