After Woods made this declaration, members of the black community were livid.
If someone tries to call me black, I say, ‘yes — and white.’ People have the right not to acknowledge everything, but don’t do it because society tells you that you can’t.” In the popular discourse, multiracial people are oft characterized as if they’re raceless.
Rather, it is the shared experience of being visually or cognitively identified as black by a white racist society, and the punitive and damaging effects of that identification.” Before Tiger Woods became a tabloid fixture, thanks to a string of infidelities with a slew of blondes, the most controversy he sparked involved his racial identity.
In 1997, during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Woods declared that he did not view himself as black but as “Cablinasian.” The term Woods coined to describe himself stands for each of the ethnic groups that make up his racial heritage—Caucasian, black, Indian (as in Native American) and Asian.
For example, the headlines of news articles about President Obama’s mixed-race heritage often ask, “Is Obama Biracial or Black?
” It’s as if some people believe that the different racial groups in one’s heritage cancel each other out like positive and negative figures in a math equation.