PGA, Practice What You PreachPosted: November 9, 2011
“Golf has no place for any form of racism.” Apparently when the PGA heads made this claim, they had no intentions of backing it up. The former caddy of golfer Tiger Woods, Steve Williams, directed a racial slur at Woods during a caddies party earlier this week. While this slur was made as an attempt at humor, it is nonetheless unacceptable, especially with the said policies I earlier stated right? Wrong. The PGA has made no actions or attempts to punish the caddy for his actions. While many members of the golf community have expressed their disgust with Williams actions, the governing body, the PGA, has done nothing. Golfer Fred Couples was quoted as saying that, if Williams had been his caddy, he would have been fired.
Golf, as most people are aware is a predominantly white game, very few non white golfers are present in the game today. If the PGA has any hopes to change this mostly white field, then this is something that they should have acted on. By letting this racist slur go, they are projecting the image that they dont really care, at least not enough to punish Williams. When people who are a part of the golf world are making these comments and projecting those images, it does not make the game seem like it is welcoming to all races. Nice going PGA, apparently racism does have a place in your game, or maybe you just dont care.