Count James Edwards, host of the Memphis-based white nationalist, anti-Semitic radio show called “Political Cesspool”, as among those likely celebrating Phil Mickelson’s victory at the Masters golf tournament on Sunday. Not because Mickelson is a feel-good story, winning the green jacket as his cancer-stricken wife watched, but because Mickelson is not Tiger Woods. That is to say, Mickelson is not black.
Edwards, 29, continually pines for a return to the Confederate South he never knew. The Masters — held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. — fanned those longings and Edwards’ racist rhetoric to depths unprecedented even for him. “Golf is the ultimate European sport,” he wrote on Friday, when the tournament outcome was in doubt. (By European, Edwards meant white, of course.) With its strict decorum, the Masters “is the closest picture we have of what the modern world might be like had the old South survived,” he gushed. (Part of that old South charm, apparently, is the fact that Augusta National still doesn’t allow women members and didn’t accept its first black member until 1990.)
Edwards, who normally couches his racism more carefully, was just getting started.
The Masters “is civilized. All civilization channels basic desires and instincts into something higher and nobler. Lincoln and the abolitionists did their best to put an end to it, and the Jews and liberals are trampling down what remnants are left.”
Edwards was still warming up.
Then along came Tiger Woods, a “mixed race Negro with the skills to break down the last sport of white refuge, golf, and its citadel, Augusta National,” Edwards lamented. “He was the black messiah of sports. The long awaited one who would tear down the last remnants of segregation.”
Most would see that as a good thing. Not Edwards, of course. He cited a litany of rancid racial stereotypes to explain why.
“He’s got the sexual mores of the most stereotypical ‘nigger’ that even the most hardened, bigoted cracker could imagine,” wrote Edwards, who opposes “primitivism,” homosexuality, loveless sex, feminism and abortion. “Oh, and he apparently only wants white women. From his Nordic model wife to the dumpiest diner waitress, all of his trysts are with white women.”
“Segregation in the old South was all about maintaining racial integrity and civilization,” Edwards continued. “About keeping our wives and daughters safe from sexual animals like Tiger. About building up and maintaining what is noble and good. If the ‘black messiahs’ like Tiger Woods and Martin Luther King Jr. are such animals, what about the mere mortals among them? Do we want to find out?”
Edwards doesn’t. In his ideal world, Tiger Woods might be permitted to be a clubhouse attendant, maybe even a caddie, but certainly not a player on a par with whites. Maybe it’s time for James Edwards to adopt a new sport. Arthur Ashe, another black athete, must have ruined tennis for him. Hockey, anyone?