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Dr. Johnny Benjamin

Dr. Johnny Benjamin

Posted: April 8, 2010 08:17 AM

The Hypocrisy of Augusta National GC Chairman and The Masters

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Good Lord! Now I've truly heard it all.

Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, made a very passionate, televised public announcement chastising Tiger Woods. He took Tiger apart and called him a disappointment and a disgrace as a man and a role model.

But wait a minute.

What is Mr. Payne's moral authority? What foundation is he using to condemn anyone's actions as despicable? Apparently, he has conveniently forgotten the egregious, 'Klan-ish" history and continued discriminatory practices of his much loved Augusta National Golf Club.

Let me remind him.

Augusta National Golf Club, the course of the legendary Bobby Jones and host of the Masters, built on the grounds of a former slave plantation has not ventured very far beyond its roots. Augusta National banned all non-white golfers, including those that qualified for the Masters, well beyond the Civil Rights act of 1964. Augusta National did not accept their first Black member until 1990 and as unbelievable as it may seem, has still yet to accept a female.

Billy Payne, for shame!! Who are you or your fellow keepers of 'the tradition like no other' to judge anyone? Your continued tradition of racism, bigotry and sexism speaks loud and clear.

 

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