Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters golf tournament, finally ended an all-male policy that had endured for 80 years when it announced on yesterday (8-20-2012) that two women would be admitted as members for the first time.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore will become the first women to put on the renowned green jackets when the Augusta, Georgia, club re-opens for a new season in October. The Augusta National Club invited its first black member, businessman Ron Townsend, to join in 1990 following accusations of racial discrimination at the whites-only Shoal Creek club in Alabama.
I cannot believe that in 2012, we as Americans are still talking about the first African-American this and the first woman that. When will we as a nation wake up and understand that until there is truly equality between all races, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.… we will continue to see the social problems that have plagued this great nation since its inception. When every American feels as though they are getting a fair opportunity like everyone else, there tends to be more harmony and less civil discontent. I am glad to see Augusta National Golf Club admit a couple females to the good old boys club. It’s about damn time. They should’ve done so a long time ago but Kudos for letting a couple women in the club. It only took them 8o years to do so.
But let’s not kid ourselves; Augusta National Golf Club didn’t take much of a risk here. Let’s look at what they really did. By accepting Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as new members, all they really did is accept two more rich people to an already elite club full of other rich people. Only the rich can afford the five figure membership fees and monthly dues needed to be a member.
If Augusta National Golf Club really wanted to shake things up, how about accepting someone that wasn’t rich or famous. Let’s see the powers that be at Augusta National Golf Club accept a few broke-ass people from Compton or a trailer park in Tennessee. Until the working class can start enjoying some of the good life like the super rich folks here in the United States, only then will I say that things are finally changing for the better here in America.