First off, let me say that I don’t care about golf. Really. I have always agreed with George Carlin’s position – “you found the ball, be happy, now go home.” But a lot of people do care about it. Apparently, they care about it more than they care about the fact that the club is for men only.
CNN quoted a woman from North Carolina who said that “she sees no need for Augusta to open membership to women and would not let the controversy detract from the tournament.” She, and her mother, both say that they have no issues with it because they like “tradition” and they’ve “never had anyone that [they’ve] met here who has a problem with the way things are.”
I am sooooo happy that we like tradition. Like whites’ only water fountains? Women not allowed to check themselves out of hospitals without husbands or fathers? I suppose they also have no problem with human slavery – it’s still going on – because it’s a tradition, too.
The only way we’re going to start fixing the problems is if we start seeing them. We can’t excuse things as “tradition” and move on with our lives. I understand the concept behind having private versus public organizations, and how people can be refused service, but isn’t there a whole anti-discrimination law going on here? Something about how you can’t refuse service to someone based on race, creed, or color? Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on a person’s national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, and familial status.