The tagline for the event is the quaint "a tradition unlike any other," but one columnist is taking umbrage this morning for what he perceives as another tradition in golf: racism.
Kevin Blackistone's column documents the lack of diversity on the links and explains how it's turned him, an African American, away from the game.
Blackistone writes that the game has never been so diverse at a time when our nation has never been more inclusive. He offers the following ideas to get more minorities into tournaments.There isn't a major sport in this country in the last 50 years that has stood so steadfastly in the doorway to diversity, like George Wallace did infamously to black students trying to get in to the University of Alabama in 1963, as golf.
So, do you agree with Blackistone? Is this a pressing issue for the game of golf or do you think it's just how the chips have landed at this particular time in history? What steps could be taken to rectify the situation?What pro golf can do specifically to diversify its ranks is what it does at almost every tournament. It can get its tournament sponsors to offer exemptions to qualified black golfers just like it does to other golfers for whatever reasons. That was how Michelle Wie so often played the LPGA until recently. That was how Annika Sorenstam played with men at the Colonial a few years ago.
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