My new column in Taki’s Magazine is a book review of the tell-all biography Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian:
The Tiger Mother’s Son
by Steve Sailer
May 23, 2018
… Tiger Woods being part black via his blowhard father was usually thought of as the most important element of his story, an angle assiduously pushed by Earl Woods. The elder Woods told a sports agent when Tiger was a 5-year-old sensation, “I believe that the first black man who’s a really good golfer is going to make a hell of a lot of money.” …
Instead, Tiger Woods raises the question of whether we’ve largely overlooked the more important East Asian side of his heritage.
A Sapir-Whorf excuse is that, after all, we lacked a term in English to characterize Tiger’s highly focused mother until Amy Chua’s 2011 comic memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
If Earl Woods, with his worsening drinking and whoring, was a dismaying character, Kultida Woods was perhaps the scarier of Tiger’s tiger parents. For instance, she once offered in her broken English her opinion of her retired Green Beret husband:
“Old Man is soft. He cry. He forgive people. Not me. I don’t forgive anybody.”
Instead of revolutionizing the number of blacks in golf, the social impact of Tiger’s example turned out to be far greater on Asians.
Read the whole thing there.