Tuesday, November 26, 2002

This is an interesting spin on the Augusta National debate and the blame of Tiger Woods--Anna Quindlen suggests it's almost racist to expect Woods to do something because of his color more than we expect powerful white men to do something. To me, though, the point is not that Woods should do something because he is black (he's only partially black, actually)--he should speak up because he's the most visible golf star ever, and being a star means being a leader, like it or not. Plus, he's made loads of money off Nike commercials that criticized discrimination among golf clubs ("there are still courses in this country where I am not allowed to play because of the color of my skin"). It's crassly commercial and most distasteful to make social statements like these only when you get a Nike check for doing so.

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