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First Kelly Tilghman.
I have the sinking feeling that examples of a noose like the one above on display on the cover of Golfweek speaks volumes.
It is a barometer.
It measures where black people rate in the cult of public conscience. No one has to say nigger, jigaboo, sambo or anything else anymore. We have been beaten into submission. To the point where we use the words with love . But of course we take the ‘r’ out of nigger and replace the e with an ‘a’.
Which confines the very limited appropriate usage to the black community. Unless, of course you have a familiarity with the ever changing ‘black vernacular’ and you can convincingly slip it in without catching a mouthshot.
Or black eye.
Most white people I know that I have heard use the term nigger towards a black person in a non-negative (is that possible?) way are actually testing their own status. I have had several aqcuaintances or would-be friends that have thrown in the n-bomb to see where I was at.
For a white person to able to say ‘nigga’ safely in room full of brothas means he has already proven his love for all things black.
Or he is simply checking if his ghetto pass can be revoked.
It’s all about context.
Back to Golfweek.
The whole cover with the noose should have been the golf community’s apology for the embarrassing insensitive remarks. They could have spun it in such an effective way. They got the attention with the provocative symbol on the cover, all they had to do was follow up with some substance. Instead they printed the usual fluff that is in demand nowadays.
Golfweek blew a perfect opportunity to start a cathartic discussion on race and hatred within the anglicized golf community.
Instead they minimize or overlook the very real possibility of offending a huge segment of society. Many with family members still alive that have shared stories and witnessed, first hand accounts that define the bloody, sadistic history of America in ‘Tha good ol days’.As you can see.
They didn’t always use a noose.
Kelly knew what she said was wrong. She also knows about five black people watch the Golf Channel regularly. I also understand that she is a college grad from the south. That is exactly why I am not buying her bullshit story about not knowing. She forgot she was on-air. She got to relaxed and waxed poetic to get a laugh just like she does in the country club to endear herself with the stately gentlemen puffing cigars and oogling in her company.
But forget Kelly she is already old news.
Somebody needs to ask the editor.
How on Earth did you come up with this?
Can’t wriggle free?How do they do it?
The same way he comes up with stuff
Golfweek claimed they wanted to educate. I can just see the editorial board having a spirited discussion over the subject.
Sometimes the best way to get rid of a boss you don’t like is to co-sign their idiotic decisions. Make sure there is no official record of your agreement.
Now you can have the job.
The most disturbing aspect of this particular set of events is how many Americans black and white do not have a firm grasp on our history. I have heard so many insensitive and ignorant responses to the suspension of Kelly Tilghman and the firing of the Golfweek editor.
I am convinced no one has a monopoly on stupidity. It is equally distributed among all races genders and orientations.
Maybe it’s indifference?
I do not expect anyone to apologize or make excuses for the tragic history we share.
But I do expect a little reverence- respect.
Why is he a villian?
He is harmless. Besides, if he didn’t speak up no one would.
I don’t know. I just don’t know.