June 27, 2008

Tiger Woods and race

I was reading Jay Nordlinger's column today and it included a letter from a mother who has adopted multiracial boys. She writes,

Our boys are partially black, Hispanic, and white. We’re trying our best to instill in them that they can be great because they have potential and choices and opportunities in this country. Don’t even get me started on Obama’s being touted as “black,” and not “biracial.” What’s so bad about being biracial?

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for what you published. I’m not drawn to golf in the least, but I’m always amazed at how people of all backgrounds are drawn to Tiger Woods — and I understand why.

She referenced a past Nordlinger column that included a statement Tiger made about race. But this is what gets me: Who even cares what Tiger said about race? The guy is, simply put, THE best golfer in history and possibly the greatest athlete ever in sports. Isn't that sufficient enough to be "drawn to" him?

I say "absolutely."

Posted by Hube at June 27, 2008 09:44 AM | TrackBack

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I care what Tiger says about race. Nike tried to make him into "the first great black golfer" but he was better than that. He diffused the race issue with a shrug. Obama could have done the same but he sees too much advantage in being the black candidate.
The way Tiger has handled race, has shown that he is not just a great athlete, we have plenty of those, he is a good man.

Posted by: jef at June 27, 2008 10:05 AM

Good point, jef. And I guess I should amend what I said in the post -- it is definitely important that a phenom athlete be a good person if he/she wants to be "embraced." Tiger sure is that.

I am just overwhelmed at his skill level. It is beyond human!

Posted by: Hube at June 27, 2008 10:10 AM

They don't call him Tiger because he has yellow stripes.

Posted by: Roy Lofquist at June 27, 2008 10:46 PM