Most black athletes have distanced themselves from the president. Not Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods hasn’t only been a trailblazer on the golf course. He also inhabits a political identity that is unusual among black athletes — he is friendly with President Trump.
At a time when many black athletes are publicly rebuking and shunning Mr. Trump over his treatment of other black athletes and racially charged language, Mr. Woods and the president dine and golf together.
“Well, he’s the president of the United States,” Mr. Woods said last year, when asked about his relationship with the president. “You have to respect the office.” He left it at that.
The respect seems to go both ways. After Mr. Woods won the Masters Sunday, Mr. Trump said that he plans to award him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
We would like to better understand how fans and critics of Mr. Woods read his warm relationship with Mr. Trump. What does the relationship say about the golf champion, and his place in our culture today? Does it matter to you? We may publish a selection of the responses.
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