Luther Campbell, the man whose
booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free
speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. In this
special edition, Luke thinks Tiger Woods let Stevie Williams off
Tiger Woods could really use his dad
right now. He was the guy who guided Tiger. Tiger's father made sure
the greatest golfer in the game did not forget how the sport's
history of discrimination against African-Americans. Without Earl
Woods by his side, Tiger has lost his identity.
He's too worried about coming off as the angry black golfer, so that's why he's telling the media he is not mad at Stevie Williams for using a racial slur to describe him. Tiger's like, "Oh, Stevie didn't mean what he said. He was just playing." In reality, Tiger should be mad as hell.
Tiger should have said Williams was dead-ass wrong. But then he would have been criticized by sports pundits for calling out the racism that still stains the PGA. Tiger is scared to deal with black and white issues because he doesn't want to be compared to Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.
That's what non-African Americans tend to do when a black man points out the disparities in race relations today. "Oh he's just playing the race card like Jesse and Al," they say. After recovering from the scandal of his failed marriage, the last thing Tiger wants to do is create more controversy.
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But Tiger cannot ignore the history of Afican-American golfers who did not get the opportunity he was given. The world's greatest golfer has lost the rage and the passion that his dad instilled in him. Tiger needs to get back to his roots.
He needs to remember when no black was allowed on the golf course and set Stevie straight.
Follow Campbell on twitter at @unclelukereal1.