Sunday, April 02, 2006
By Scott Michaux
If you ask Earl Woods what race his son Tiger represents, the answer is always simple.
"The human race," he says of the world's No. 1 golfer, whose ancestry includes Thai, Chinese, American Indian, African and European bloodlines.
Unfortunately, much of the world still sees things as black or white, as the hate mail and death threats Woods has received through the years illustrate.
"They let your ass know you're black when you get the hate mail," said Charles Barkley, a former NBA player who describes racism as the "greatest counselor" of his life. "They're not sending Asian people hate mail. They're only sending brothers hate mail.
"I understand he wants to be race-neutral, and I think we all want to be race-neutral. He doesn't have that luxury. Unfortunately we live in a racist society. They make you choose. People make you choose. Society makes you choose. That's just the way it is.
"I wish nobody thought about race, but that's just not the way the world works. It's sad and ignorant, but that's just how it is." Full Article ...