Golf, Hell-bent On Staying Racist
Interestingly, Tilghman went to Duke. How telling is that? If Tilghman is dumb enough not to know what lynching means in America (what did she study at Duke?), then I suspect she is repeating what she hears from her white male golf colleagues or what was/is the norm in Duke locker rooms. However, I don’t think she is that innocent. I think that she forgot where she was, —comfort will do that to people. She and the boys can talk that talk when they are in their little elitist golf circle and feel safe, but, unlike the boys, she lacks the practice of suppressing those thoughts when people outside of their little circle are watching, thus her slip up.
Over at William Wolfrum’s blog he notes Golfweek’s disinterest in highlighting an actual problem in America and instead utilising this incident as a clever play on words to sell magazines.
I agree and I will take it a step further. Golfweek is not only playing on words but they are appropriating the trauma of lynching by suggesting that they (the golfing community) are the actual lynched (or in the process of being lynched) victim here. Read the line on the cover: Golfweek. Caught in a noose. Tilghman slips up and Golf Channel can’t wiggle free. Who are they saying needs to wiggle free? The Golf Channel! Ain’t that just grand. They become the abuser and victim all in one swipe (a hole in one!).