Those who stay (in NC) will be champions
Posted on 9 May 2012 by Bobby DeMuro
Updated: now with video!
When Bo Schembechler took over as head coach of the University of Michigan’s football team, he instituted an immediate and drastic culture change that was very difficult for players to accept, but he repeatedly said one thing: those who stay will be champions.
And he was right; everyone who played four years of football at Michigan under Schembechler won at least one Big Ten Football Championship. Those who left, quit.
Last night, North Carolinians passed Amendment One. As they should be, many North Carolinians are disappointed. Amendment One is discriminatory, short-sighted, ignorant, regressive, and brings big government into your bedroom. A more offensive over-reach (from various political angles) I cannot recall.
My out-of-state friends are busy making fun of North Carolina today, and it hurts. The way they see it, all North Carolinians are a bunch of rednecks — back water, backwards bigots stuck in the 1920s — legislating against gay people, and unwed couples, and non-traditional families.
Hell, maybe we are.
But the only way that perception of us changes is if North Carolinians stay here, and do what needs to be done to make this right – for gay people, for unwed couples, for children — for our state.
Wait — you’re threatening to leave North Carolina because of this vote? Maybe move to San Francisco, or Austin, or Los Angeles? Ok. Get the hell out of here.
When you threaten to move, though, this becomes an issue bigger than yesterday’s vote. This becomes a referendum about whether you actually want to improve North Carolina, or whether you want to just back off like a child when something doesn’t go your way.
Look, if you want to be a quitter, be a damn quitter. Send me a post card from San Francisco, or Austin, or Los Angeles. No hard feelings. But when you run from our state over this, allow me to predict your future: you’ll never stop running.
When things get tough in your personal life, you’ll run. When your professional life doesn’t go quite as planned, you’ll run. When the next disappointing political decision comes down in your new city, you’ll run. Give it a few years, and you’ll find reason to run from San Francisco, or Austin, or Los Angeles.
Run on, quitters. Whether it’s San Francisco, or Austin, or Los Angeles, I can guarantee one thing: you’ll never stand for anything that matters.
But this is home. In spite of yesterday’s vote, I love it here. I’m proud to be from North Carolina, and I know that my home state is more than a punch line. Someday, we’ll prove it.
And those who stay will be champions.