By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco
Bueno, it took a totally nonpolitical person to help bring contemporary racism to the surface. Currently, you have politicians saying that the days of racism, those halcyon days of 1965, are over. We, as society, have moved beyond the racist appeals of fringe groups such as the nazi’s or klansmen.
Some folks like to say that when a person of color thinks that something racist is occurring, well, it’s coincidental or a joke or the figment of one’s imagination. No one actually meant anything racist to happen, it just did. Then apologies are extended, everyone says “let’s put the incident behind us and move on with the work at hand”.
This happened a week or so ago to Tiger Woods, who I consider the greatest golfer of all times – I don’t care what anyone says about him. At a European awards dinner some reporter asked Sergio Garcia, the former golf wunderkind, if he would invite Tiger to dinner at the forthcoming United States Open golf tournament. Sergio said that he would and he would invite him the entire week and “we can have fried chicken.”
Bueno, there was a pregnant silence and then nervous laughter but the damage had been done.
When asked, Tiger said the comments by Garcia were hurtful. Although Garcia and Woods have never liked each other and this is not the first time something “hurtful” had passed between them, it was the first time that it received extensive coverage.
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