2001-04-28 / Letters

Bad Example

Bad Example

Dear Editor;

I wanted to write in regards to the 04/14 edition's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Racists" article written by the G-Man. 

In the article, the G-Man expresses
his views on Tiger Woods and his outstanding golf accomplishments,
"tees-off" on the golfing world in regards to the lack of minorities who
play the game, and calls for Tiger to "keep it real" and try to use his
status as a celebrity to help correct the problem.

Had this been the point of the entire article, I would have never taken the time to write this letter.  It was G-Man's last paragraph which I found both amusing and disturbing.

In his last paragraph, The G-Man offers some advice to Tiger, warning him that the white media will turn on him "the minute something negative or extremely controversial impacts your life".   To prove his point, G-Man
offers the example of OJ Simpson, saying that "the minute he (expletive) up, it was all over".

G-Man, may I politely remind you that OJ was put on trial for the murders of two people.  (By the way, has he found the real killers yet?)  To compare Tiger to a murderer is ridiculous.

To contrast G-Man's point, we need to look no further than our own backyard - New York City.  Has the G-Man ever heard of Latrell Sprewell, who 3 years ago choked his coach as a member of the Golden State Warriors, yet is beloved here as a Knick by fans (both black and white) and the media (both black and white). How about Darryl Strawberry, who despite recurring drug problems, continued to receive countless chances from white Yankee management, as well as standing ovations from black and white Yankee fans.

My point is, there are far more examples of black sports celebrities
receiving 2nd and even 3rd chances.  For G-Man to only use OJ Simpson to
back up his argument that black athletes are not given second chances shows severe short-sightedness, poor judgement and prejudice on his part.

MICHAEL SCHMITT


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