Tiger’s Tribulations

By Clarence Gafeney, Jr.
Updated: March 14, 2010

DAYTON, Ohio (BASN) — My thinking is that Tiger came to disrespect white women — like heavyweight champion Jack Johnson and Eldridge Cleaver — who wrote “Soul on Ice” while incarcerated for raping white women.

Additionally, Tiger’s athletic prowess as a self-proclaimed “Cablanasian” has provided him the status of very possibly being the best golfer ever. The argument could be made that Tiger is a better golfer than any white man, black man, past or present.

His competitors of the PGA are exclusively white males — who also use their athletic celebrity to prey on white females. As the sole golfer of color, Tiger’s narcissistic tendencies along with his tremendous wealth has enabled him to develop as the only male of color who has can be perceived as a racial psychopathic persona (personality).

Especially, as thus far Tiger has only preyed upon white females.

Radical Black Behaviorism

I regard it as unfair and psychologically inhumane, to ignore Tiger’s spiritual persona in light of the fact that Tiger was bequeathed the status of being the richest “honorary white man” in the history of the world.

Thus, Tiger’s vast wealth hasn’t left him vulnerable to what I term economic apartheid.* Dr. William A. Hayes tells us what White America does in his description of “Radical Black Behaviorism”

The control of black people’s behavior is seen as the bone of contention over which blacks and whites struggle. White America struggles to maintain its control of black people’s behavior, while blacks struggle to control their own behavior.

Freedom, then, is seen as a true interdependence between races or equal amount of control by both races over the others’ behavior…with the abolition of slavery new methods of control were developed. In addition to continued aversive control by so-called hate groups, mechanisms of economic control were instituted; ‘Blacks began to be paid for their work, but only under the reinforcement schedules defined by whites.

This system of economic dependence still serves as the method by which contemporary blacks are controlled.

Particularly pertinent, while doing my research and reviewing the Tiger athletic motif as it relates to a black ethos and spiritual persona, I was greatly assisted by Tiger’s own words in the chapter – entitled “Looking Back at the Balcony” of Charles Barkley’s “Who’s Afraid of A LARGE BLACK MAN?”

But for Tiger, the sense that he was somehow different came very early:

“I became aware of my racial identity on my first day of school, on my first day of kindergarten. A group of sixth graders tied me to a tree, s pray-painted the word ‘nigger’ on me, and threw rocks at me. That was my first day of school.

And the teacher really didn’t do much of a nything. I used to live across the street from school and kind of down the way a little bit. The teacher said, ‘Okay, just go home.’ So I had to outrun all those kids going home, which I was able to do. It was certainly an eye-opening experience, you know, being five years old.

We were the only minority family in all of Cypress, Calif.

Here the profound Dr. Hayes is a especially relevant:

Radical Black Behaviorism insists upon explanations rather than conceptualizations; it is intolerant of mentalistic interpretations and theories which often serve as the pseudo-scientific justification for personal and institutional racism; and it focuses upon consequence of behavior rather than causes and motives underlying the behavior.

More importantly, it has utility for black people, which seems to have gone unrecognized…because these so-called explanations go beyond observable events, they are conceptualizations of behavior rather than explanations of behavior.

Rel igious Values

Tiger has been “born again” — as a honorary white man — primarily, since sports has become a religion in White America. Heavyweight champion Joe Louis (the Brown Bomber) is the only other professional black athlete that America accepted and loved on such a icon.

For instance, during Louis’ championship years (1936 to 1947), the Brown Bomber was the only black man in America who could hit a white man without being lynched!

Therefore, I perceive Tiger’s attempt to return to his Buddhist values, to be a problematic paradigm; keeping in mind, Tiger is a bi-racial Buddhist with a psychopathic racial persona.

Thus, he is particularly different -psychologically and spiritually – to those who espouse Christian values. This may be a major hurdle for Elin, Tiger’s Swedish wife, if she does have a interest in saving their marriage.

Clarencian Conclusions

Essentially, I am intrigued to see if White America can rally around the diversity concept and allow Tiger to become a human being, rather than Wall Street’s cash cow for corporate sponsors.

That being written, my clarencian conclusion is whether or not Economic Apartheid — “capitalism, colonialism, racism, socialism, and Christian values will continue to be used to subjugate African Americans to be second class Christians.”