Over the weekend, the embattled pro golfer, Tiger Woods made sports new headlines once again. Though this time it was not for some nonsense action he had done but rather his exclusion from one of the most illustrious groups in African-American history. The list of 50 Greatest Black Athletes illustrates how African-Americans have transcended race and various obstacles to pursue and ultimately accomplish their wildest childhood dreams. The beauty of it all, is that in the process of them doing something that they loved they were able to inspire individuals in unknown corners of the world. Giving hope to the hopeless with every touchdown, swing, three pointer, and triumphant knockout.
Tiger Woods who considers himself “Cablinasian,” to describe his parents multi-ethnicity and nationality — a mix of half Asian (Chinese and Thai), one-quarter African American, one-eighth Native American and one-eighth Dutch. He’d adopted the term as a way of honouring his mother Kultida (of Thai, Chinese and Dutch ancestry) as well as respecting all aspects of his cultural and racial heritage. The denouncing of his lineage stifled the confidence of various African-Americans, old and young. The black community often became braggadocios about Woods being the first African-American to win the US Masters.
Additionally, after coining the term “Cablinasian,” many prominent African-Americans in the media saw it as a political move by Woods. In an effort to make his path towards prosperity less riddled. Sidestepping the trials and tribulations that athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Colin Kaepernick face because they are unapologetically black.
Thus, when you think about his story, it does not move me to feel any type of way about him being snubbed from the list of legendary black athletes. For, when African-Americans watched golf they weren’t watching it because they loved the sport and had their own personal handicap score, they watched the sport because a black man was dominating the sport. Baffling white people with his amazing swing and impetuous style. So much so that golf courses even went to the point of ‘Tiger proofing’ PGA course sites. The way in which Woods dismantled racial barriers is what gave him such clout among African-Americans.
Consequently, when he attempted to diminish, suppress, and throw his heritage out of the window, his black card went right out the window following. Not to mention, he had already lost it with the African-American women after he married a white woman. Once he lost the fellas, he was done. I pray Tiger can get back on track, however for now, and the 50 Greatest Athletes list, IT”S A NO FOR ME DAWG! Peace and happiness, Kyle Cobb.
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