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Published:December 2nd, 2009 11:48 EST
Tiger Woods Saga: It Boils Down To Sex And Race

Tiger Woods Saga: It Boils Down To Sex And Race

By Robert Paul Reyes

Tiger Woods has hoarded so much loot, that he can live in luxury and elegance even if he never earns another dime. We will never have the satisfaction of seeing Tiger in the poor house, but the disgraced golfer is toast as an advertising and sporting icon.

Very few editorialists and bloggers have ventured into the racial aspect of the Tiger Woods 24/7 reality show. But almost everything in America boils down to race, and I would be derelict in my duties if I didn`t explore this controversial angle.

Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama are the Holy Trinity of African Americans white folks can worship as a way of proving they aren`t racists. Millions of suburban white women worship at the temple of Oprah every weekday, and millions of white men extol the golfing prowess of Tiger Woods. Americans of all ethnicities celebrate the biracial Barry Obama as the fulfillment of Martin Luther King`s dream.

It`s going to be difficult to find another African American athlete who can step into the shoes of Tiger Woods. There are slim pickings in the sports world -- we may never see the likes of Woods again. Middle America isn`t exactly enamored with the hip hop generation in the NBA, or the thugs in the NFL. And there are no blacks in baseball, right?

I don`t mean to imply that white players are paragons of virtue; most jocks are egotistical freaks who think they can break every rule in the book. Why the hell do we look to the sports world for role models? That`s like going to a brothel in search of women who can be spokespersons for abstinence only sex education.

I`m not arguing that most black NBA or NFL players are thugs; I`m talking about image vs. reality. The prevailing belief is that these major league organizations are rampant with thuggish behavior, and since the NBA is overwhelmingly black and the NFL isn`t too far behind, it`s the black players who bear the brunt of the criticisms.

If Tiger Woods had cheated on his gorgeous white wife with black women, the golfing great`s accident would have been barely a blip in the blogosphere. But by fooling around with several white women (jock sniffers and guilt-ridden white folks can pretend I used the word "allegedly"), Tiger Woods has played into the stereotype of the black man as a sexual brute who preys on white women.

Tiger Woods is damaged goods and he`s anathema to the classy corporations that he represents. These conglomerates can`t very well dump Tiger without being accused of racism. Eventually they will find ways of breaking their association with the disgraced golfer.

In a voice mail to one of his white lovers Tiger Woods says: I think my wife is onto us. Tiger Woods America is onto you, we know that the real Tiger Woods is an egotist who thinks he doesn`t have to answer to the little people. If there is a god in heaven in a few years Tiger Woods will be doing commercials for malt liquor or a pay day loan company.

See America, we can talk about race without cities burning to the ground.

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