If blacks can’t be “racist”, can they at least be “hypocrites”? Or “illogical”? Or “overly obsessed about trivia and/or other people’s business, instead of concentrating on more important stuff, like, I dunno, curing cancer”?
But Woods has declined to identify himself as black, and famously chose the term “Cablinasian” (Caucasian, black, Indian and Asian) to describe the racial mixture he inherited from his African-American father and Thai mother.
This vexed some blacks, but it hasn’t stopped them from claiming Woods as one of their own. Or from disapproving of his marriage to Elin Nordegren, despite blacks’ historical fight against white racist opponents of mixed marriage.
On the one hand, Ebonie Johnson Cooper doesn’t care that Tiger Woods’ wife and alleged mistresses are white because Woods is “quote-unquote not really black.”
“But at the same time we still see him as a black man with a white woman, and it makes a difference,” said Johnson Cooper, a 26-year-old African-American from New York City. (…)
“Had Barack had a white wife, I would have thought twice about voting for him,” Johnson Cooper said.
So do Woods’ women say something about the intensely private golfer’s views on race?
“I would like to say no, but I think it garners a bit of a yes,” Johnson Cooper said. (…)
“Would we question when a Jewish person wants to marry other Jewish people?” she said in an interview. “It’s not racist. It’s not bigotry. It’s cultural pride.”