Woods: Is he an unwitting victim of White colonialism?
The Daily Sun, Nigeria
Woods' 'Lust for White Women'
pathological lust for White women can only be attributed to an inferiority
complex tied to his pale skin color, which was induced at childhood. Ö In high
school, Tiger avoided the few Black women present, whom he saw as anathema to
his dream of becoming an honorary White man."
While Tiger Woods attends a clinic for sex addicts in Mississippi, his former girlfriends have become sought-after TV personalities around the world. Above, Cori Rist makes an appearance on 'Chiambretti night' TV show in Italy.
Marcus Garvey said,
"A people without knowledge of their history and culture is like a tree
without roots." The works of the great German psychologist Sigmund Freud
may offer deeper insight into aberrant forms of human behavior that defy
rational and behavioral psychological explanation. When people experience
unbridled racism during childhood, despite all of our conscious efforts to
negate such experiences, they often affect the choices we make as adults.
The tragedy of colonialism
and neo-colonialism not only pertains to the transfer of our natural resources
to Europe and the United States, but more importantly, to our patterns of
consumption, thought and choices that continue to perpetuate the culture of the
dominant colonial power. Not only are these patterns determined from early
childhood, but they affect the mindset that conditions our choice of sexual
As with most Africans, Tiger
Woods is a victim of a mindset that is programmed by colonialism and
neo-colonialism. His U.S. childhood unfolded within a polarized racial world of
Black versus White, rich against poor, slave against master, hunted versus
hunter. In the same way European colonialism in Africa polarized the African
child's world into Black laborer and native against European master-leisure
class; and Black devil versus White angel; under America's domestic
colonialism, to develop a Black identity is to struggle against racism and be
hunted throughout one's life by poverty, crime and unemployment.
Tigerís opportunity in life
came through a denial of his African identity and the unconscious mortgaging of
his childhood for its colorless antithesis. He embalmed himself with vapid
values designed to suffocate and subjugate African liberty. As is the case with
many African men, his pathological lust for White women can only be
attributed to an inferiority complex tied to his pale skin color. This was
induced at childhood by surroundings of
unwarranted White privilege, which have continued will beyond the
days of Jim Crow [see video below].
This same mono-mania has been
retained within the unconscious minds of the African male, who views possession
of a White female as a soothing ointment for being subjugated in his homeland
by the omnipotent and omnipresent White master.
Why else did the male
dominated African press find the Tiger Woods saga so exhilarating, if not
because they wished that they, too, were like Tiger Woods, envying his blondes
and brunettes? Would it have mattered as much if these White damsels were instead
At 16 years of
age, Tiger attended prestigious Western High School in Anaheim, California. Its
predominantly White student body placed him among the few privileged Blacks in
their midst. Indeed, Tigerís first girlfriend, sublime and gorgeous blond Dina,
dated him for three years, later breaking up with him through a letter she
proudly preserved. In Western High School, Tiger avoided the few Black women
there, whom he saw as anathema to his dream of becoming an honorary White man.
In his dating preparations, he perfected his accent away from the usual Black
English of African Americans to dazzle his excited blond and brunette playmates
- and with extraordinary success. Lightening his skin with cancer-causing
chemicals and stretching his richly-coiled hair, which had once protected his
skull from the damaging effects of solar radiation, made him more attractive
but alienated him from himself.
His physical balance and
natural posture during childhood foreshadowed his potential to be a great
golfer. Yet it was his noticeable inclination to self alienation that attracted
his White handlers and won him the chance to transform his potential to make
him the first non-White winner of the Masters.
If Tiger wasn't seen as a
role-model for Africans to be programmed and deployed for empire building, it's
unlikely that such an opportunity would have come for Tiger. Indeed, even he
acknowledges that his marriage to blond and beautiful Elin Nordagren, daughter
of a Swedish minister of immigration who was introduced to him during a golf
outing, "was for publicity only."
The creation and depiction of
Tiger Woods as a role model for Africans and their descendants, is a deception
of Africa's oppressed and exploited people. It says in effect that individual
success under the capitalist system, which for hundreds of years has bred
poverty, racism and misery, can be achieved. It promotes the deliberate lie
that capitalism can offer equal opportunity to the African. The role of Tiger
Woods compliments the projection of Barak Obama as another
"successful" Black man, who has presumably defied racism and White
supremacy to become president of the United States.
These programmed, projected
Black role models from the cesspool of capitalism serve as psychological
weapons of deception and anchor millions of oppressed African peoples under the
armpit of Western Imperialism. They are projected to delay the needed tide of
African liberation and the realization of a united, sovereign, socialist
Africa, with an integrated economy and a single currency beyond Western
paranoia of Chinese encroachment.
While the sound and fury of
Tigerís infidelity broadcast throughout the Western controlled global media was
undoubtedly a well-orchestrated ploy to use a little sex to sell Tiger to the
supposedly sex-raving African world, the fundamental message of Tiger as the
quintessence of capitalist success and equal opportunity remained the same. He
was the world's first Masters' winning non-White golfer, an elite sport for men
of leisure, free enterprise, charity and wealth. He purchased a $39 million
home on prestigious Jupiter Island to join his rich White neighbors such as
Gary Player, Grey Norman, and Nick Price. He invested his capital in numerous
multinational businesses in the remotest corners of the world, and many such
companies, Gillette for example, used him in their radio and television
commercials to sell their products, paying Tiger handsomely for his
Yet Tiger wasn't himself. He
was only acting from a script written and stored in his unconscious mind, which
was conditioned during childhood. This included his preferential lust for
blonds and brunettes. His fall into infidelity as well as his choice of sex
partners can only be accounted for by the cultural alienation that he had
fallen victim to in childhood due to a racially polarized society.†††
Tiger, then, is no different
from many of our chosen African leaders, who are victims of the same cultural
alienation experienced during upbringing. This inferiority complex, cultivated
from childhood in a society where the devil is painted Black and angels are
White. This was given an immediate reinforcement as they relished news of the
fallen Tiger Woods, and admired his blond and brunette sex partners.
Although Tiger now seeks
psychiatric help and is being treated for compulsive sexual behavior, the
ultimate solution is a cultural rebirth. He must, as Amilcar Cabral once
proclaimed: "return to the source." This isn't a return to
traditional norms and institutions, but an engagement with the people in their
struggle, which has emerged from the past. Tiger, like many other people in
Africa or the Diaspora, who have been infected with a self-consuming colonial
mentality, must take their place in Africaís forward march toward total liberation
No one ever looks at the
world with pristine eyes. A people without knowledge of their history and
culture not only labor on behalf of the ruling and dominant power at the
expense of their own perpetual bondage, but like Tiger Woods, are individually
and collectively manipulated to make choices that negate even their own being
*Dr. Henry A. Onwubiko is
a Senior Fellow at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Nigeria,
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