COMM-140 “America’s New Son: Tiger Woods and America’s Multiculturalism” This chapter starts out with a thought-provoking quote by Oprah Winfrey. This is interesting to note because Oprah Winfrey is and was an extremely influential person who hosts a highly rated, high profile talk show that gets a lot of attention from different parts of the media. Oprah states that a person need not know about golf to enjoy Tiger’s presence on her show. As the chapter moves on, the authors Cole and Andrews cover a wide range of topics, focusing in on why Tiger’s race played a factor in his overall fame. Ultimately, America was “changing” as Tiger became more and more popular. He was a “breath of fresh air” for America in the way that he was masculine, non-white, and a golfer. There is another quote towards the beginning of the chapter that states that the “changes” America was going through had to do with same-sex marriage and reproduction, multiracial children were becoming more common… Hey, just look at Tiger Woods! Cole and Andrews also take a close look at the intersection of masculinity and race, specifically in how Tiger Woods had a “re-engineered” facial image.
Journal Reflection for “America’s New Son: Tiger Woods and America’s Multiculturalism” Initially, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy reading about Tiger Woods. I always wrote him off in the way that yeah, sure, he’s amazing at golf (I saw him at the 2005 U.S. Open, and also got Phil Mickelson’s autograph! But I don’t like golf very much…), but all I truly heard about him in the media was that he cheated on his wife. I was too young to truly realize how great of a professional he is and was. Now that I am older and definitely much more into social issues and can analyze things like problems with race and/or masculinity, I was much more interested in the chapter than I thought it would be. I really liked the style of Cole and Andrew’s writing; I felt like they meshed well together. I understand why he was so revolutionary for the sport… I really do. Well, at least, I’m trying to understand because I’m not a golfer and will probably never truly get it. But. I think people clung onto his race too much and tried to profit off of his being black and promote fake acceptance of black golfers/black people in America. America used him to seem like it was post-racial and accepting, when in reality, it wasn’t. “Hip-Hop, the NBA, and Street Basketball”
In the article “Hip-Hop, the NBA, and Street Basketball” by David L. Andrews and
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