Golf, Racism, Masters


The Masters golf tournament is one of the most prestigious PGA events of the year. Despite the level of prestige, the name of the tournament has sparked controversy because of the origins from which the name was derived. The name signifies “master” in relation to the “master” of enslaved people. It is clear that the Masters golf tournament needs to change its name. Since the start of the Black Lives Matter movement, situations involving racism have become more sensitive to society. Discrimination against African Americans is starting to be exposed more prevalently, including situations involving pro sports as well. Given the Augusta National Golf Club's refusal to allow Black people to become members until relatively recently, making a change to the name of this tournament will give respect to African Americans and may spark change for other similar linguistic changes.

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