Tiger Woods is being judged, attacked, bantered and crucified. Four things that the privileged golfer probably never thought he would have to face. In fact he is probably in a world of shock right now at how many people are turning their backs on him. Suddenly he is not the golden child. He is no longer being seen as the towering man of golf and unparalleled man of athleticism. His legacy will now include the first billionaire athlete and repeated cheater. Now he is viewed as another dumb Black athlete that got caught up in an avoidable situation and the media is loving it!
The media is enthralled by this because for years they could not find any dirt on Tiger. He was an untouchable Black athlete. He does not have a line up of baby mommas, no known drug problems, no criminal record, came from a fairly stable home. He always has seemed to carry him self with a certain level of suburbanite class that you do not see in some of the other popular African American basketball and football players. He has finally given them what they have been salivating for. Drama. His mistresses are popping up left and right to assist. The witch hunt can begin and his fall from grace can be a slow and painful one.
Let me be clear. I am in no way making allowances for his behavior or suggesting that it is an acceptable one. Truth be told his decision to cheat was… Well… Stupid. I am simply thinking deeper. Eyes completely open. The fact is that the media loves a witch hunt and that they absolutely love orchestrating one for a member of the African American elite. An African American that is widely accepted, respected and revered by the public and their peers. A goody-goody African American whom they can say to ” See we knew you weren’t perfect! We knew you weren’t all good like you portrayed yourself. You are not special and now you are going to get it”. Can you see the excitement in their eyes? The media has a point to reinforce. No black man, no matter if he is biracial, comes from privilege or extraordinarily talented, is safe. Tiger has given them this opportunity and he will be judged accordingly. Tiger gear your PR team up and Expect IT. It has just begun.
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