NFL Hall of Famer and activist Jim Brown has taken Tiger to the woodshed for not being more vocal about Kelly Tilghman’s “lynching” comments.
Appearing on ESPN First Take, Brown was asked whether Woods had a responsibility to speak out on certain issues, as an African-American, including the recent GolfWeek magazine cover that depicted a noose.
“He should have come out right away. Instead, he waited until it was politically correct [to comment],” Brown said. “The word ‘lynch’ … there is no redeeming part of it.
“When you say lynch, you’re gonna have to pay the price. That is a very embarrassing word, a humiliating one, in the history of our country.”
Tiger has frequently taken criticism for not using his position to more actively promote racial issues. But I’m not in that crowd. To expect someone of “color” to automatically take up the banner strikes me as unfair at best and racist at worst. I proudly wear my Native American heritage (my grandmother was born and raised on a reservation), but have never felt the impulse to promote the agendas of the various Indian movements. I’m an individual, and so is Tiger. We all get to choose what we will do with our lives.
I actually think that Tiger was quite gracious in recognizing that Tilghman meant no harm, and in effectively letting her off the hook. I would like to believe that he did this, not because be doesn’t recognize the insensitivity of the comment, but because he is a gentleman.