Intelligent article on Tiger Woods

I didn’t really think that could happen any more. (Of course, arguably the article is much more about race than about Woods.) Read it here. It makes me kind of happy that this article is in the Sports section. I like the thought of people seeking sports news but ending up reading a really intelligent essay on race.

Sadly, another article provides a stark contrast. The Woods article is all about the gradual evolution of our thinking about our categorisation of people; this one reminds us that not everyone has been evolving. And that some of the people not evolving are really very scary. (I don’t think it represents progress that the hatred involved is, at least for some, a hatred of Muslims rather than a general anti-Asian sentiment. Though it is startling that one of the English Defence League spokespeople is named ‘Guramit Singh’.)

2 thoughts on “Intelligent article on Tiger Woods

  1. That link to the EDL coverage was right out of V for Vendetta. Were all those shaved heads a fashion statement or a fascist statement?

    It is refreshing to see an American sports columnist with an intelligent view of “race”. Emphasis on the “…”. I try to avoid using the word altogether, and if I must use it, it’s written AND spoken inside of a very obvious set of quotation marks.

  2. Agreed that it’s a good article. Two small points, for info:

    1. The hardcopy version of the article appeared in the Weekend Magazine rather than the Sports section.

    2. Younge is not an American sports columnist, but the Guardian’s British born NYC correspondent. The article is an extract from his forthcoming book: Who Are We – And Should It Matter In The 21st Century?

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