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Tiger Woods shoots a birdie to Black Folks

I wanted to update this blog post.  Even though I know Tiger could care less about us black folks, I still made a Sunday out today’s 2019 Masters (even though I said I would not anymore).  Regardless of his political and social affiliations, this guy is a phenomenal athlete and a national treasure.  But my opinion of him is the same, he could still care less about Black folks.

This post is about Tiger Woods and his lack of respect for Black Culture.  I ask for your patience as I walk you through my displeasure with Tiger Woods.  Ironically, it starts with an episode of the Chappelle Show.


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Comedic Genius who made it easier to talk about Black Issues.

The Chappelle show was ingenious in that it used a comedic edge to talk about touchy issues in the black community. Through satire, conversations were more comfortable to digest.

However, in today’s cancel culture, I’m not sure if Dave’s show could have survived. We’ve become very sensitive regarding our levels of truth. Things that were once hilarious are now found to be degrading.

I can promise you, if you read my blog or listen to our podcast, we’re going to laugh, it is important for us to find humor in the midst of this insanity.


 

Moreover, comedy has always been edgy and powerful. It has pushed the envelope to help us discuss race issues that have become taboo to discuss.

I used the Chappelle show as a segue into a discussion about Tiger Woods. Do you remember the episode when Dave had the race draft? This draft was a comedic genius. Tiger Woods was the first overall pick.

Tiger Woods 2019:

Circa 2019, Blacks have gone above and beyond to support Tiger. As he went through his injuries, we defended Tiger Woods. When he confessed to having a sex addiction, Black folks supported “Freaky Tiger.” Most recently, when he was caught drunk, and with pain medication in his system, we- the Black Congregation gave Tiger a pass, and prayed for him to get better.

With all of this positive energy that we give to Tiger, he has consistently given us his butt to kiss.  Well no more. No more Sundays in Redshirts for me.

I’m Done:

I’d instead throw my energy into a Black sports figure that understand their place in society.


The Golden state warriors recently met with former president Barak Obama. They previously turned down the opportunity to attend a White House celebration.  Instead of Tiger embracing and respecting this stance, he goes out and plays golf with yall’s president.

Soulja Boy talked about the relevance of Tyga.

In my soldier boy voice, Tiiiiiger? Are we talking about Tiger? Well, not anymore, I’d rather talk about Lebron.

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Diversity Lessons Starbucks Can Teach McDonald’s

Diversity and Starbucks:

Starbucks, last year had a racial profiling incident that involved two black men. The event took place in Philadelphia, Pa. I remember it distinctly for two reasons, 1) one of the black men was a member of ΩΨΦ, and two it forced Starbucks to have a series of diversity trainings. Training in which they closed all of the stores. The fact that Starbucks used this as an opportunity to learn was a powerful moment for me, because for Starbucks it wasn’t so much about profit, as it was using this unfortunate incident as a teachable moment.


Insert McDonald’s circa 2019. I have witnessed video from two racially charged incidents from their franchise.

McDonalds Employee Attached:

The first involved a white male customer putting his hands on an African-American female employee. Said employee defends herself (in an MMA kind of way), and justifiably so. The manager of the store still awarded the belligerent customer with his order, and never once on camera admonished the customer for his unacceptable behavior. In my opinion in an instance where the customer was wrong, the cops should have been called, and the customer arrested for assault. The lack of empathy displayed by the manager to his employee screams for a Starbucks type sensitivity training.


McDonalds Times Two:

The second incident involved an African-American male customer. A McDonald’s employee is witnessed calling the employee the N-word. The employee used the word rather loosely and was very offensive to the customer. The customer recorded the employee going on a violent racial tirade. Meanwhile, the manager of the store never takes the time to reel in the employee. The managers gut instinct was to call the cops on the customer when in fact the customer did nothing wrong.

Both McDonald’s incidents albeit in various states scream that the corporation needs to train its employees on how to deal with racially charged events. Would it be too much to ask McDonald’s to close for the day while its employees attend diversity training similar to the instruction given by Starbucks?

Besides Boycott, what’s your solution. Are these teachable moments?