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Black Tiger?

I've heard of black panthers, and white tigers, but never a black tiger.

Al Franken (to paraphrase his (in)famous book, I say that "Al Franken Is A Buck-Toothed Moron") was a member of the roundtable on "This Week" this morning (another sign of its continuing deterioration). As Instapundit notes, one of his comments was that: "We live in an America where the number one rapper is white, and the number one golfer is black."

While I understand his point, and it makes for a nice soundbite, it's not true, and it points up the absurdity of our continued national focus on race.

While Tiger may be more "black" than Trent Lott, he doesn't consider himself to be so at all. As Radley Balko pointed out, one of the refreshing things about him is his refusal to play the race game. He's not a black golfer, or even a black-asian golfer--he's just a good golfer, probably the best in the world.

I look forward to the day when it's no longer useful or interesting, to anyone, to hyphenate people based on their ancestry to make political commentary.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 29, 2002 09:49 AM
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Tiger Woods is more black than Trent Lott, but is he more black than Bill Clinton?

(Isn't this ridiculous?)

Posted by Jabba the Tutt at December 29, 2002 12:09 PM

"I look forward to the day when it's no longer useful or interesting, to anyone, to hyphenate people based on their ancestry to make political commentary."


Posted by Deoxy at December 31, 2002 08:49 AM

I couldn't agree more! Praise Allah!!!!

Posted by Mohammed at January 1, 2003 06:21 PM

Al Franken Is A Buck-Toothed Moron was published in 1996 but, sadly, is out of stock at Amazon:

Posted by Ken Silber at January 1, 2003 06:52 PM

For some of us, hyphenating our ancestry was no longer useful before it even became popular, simply because it takes a long time to say you're a "british-irish-scots-german-welsh-french-japanese-blackfoot-american".

I think my dad said it best. "When people ask you what nationality you are, just say 'I'm an american,' because that's all that should count."

Posted by Celeste at January 2, 2003 09:52 AM

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