The LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) has announced that it will suspend the membership of foreign golfers who refuse to learn English.
Now here comes the debate:
Is this racism, or just a policy decision used by many major corporations?
Well in this context, I think this is racism.
As you may have noticed in most American sports there is a large foreign contingent that cannot speak much English, most teams comply to their needs and find an interpreter.
Well the LPGA might be new to this whole complying to others thing because they decided to fix the problem of the rising South Korean presence by making every golfer take an English evaluation, if they fail they will have their membership revoked.
I personally see where they are coming from, the LPGA needs as much exposure as it gets, and if their best golfers do not know English, interview opportunities in American magazines may be limited, and I assume that is the reason. But once again an interpreter fixes that.
I personally believe that they could have been a tad more subtle with their message, maybe a fine or missing out on one event or a sanction, but removing their tour card? I see handfuls of non-English speaking golfers on the PGA tour and it doesn't seem to be a problem to them.
I am not going to say that this is an attempt to keep golfers out of the tour, but it does seem really fishy to me.
Tell me what you think, does this reek of racism and prejudice, or is it just a normal policy that most American corporations use with their employees?