ESPN documentar­y examines Woods, racial identity


how his Masters victory impacted generation­s of past Black golfers before it morphed into a larger examinatio­n of Woods’s own history with racial identity.

Stowell, a three-time Sports Emmy Award winner, also comes from a multiracia­l family. She said she could relate to Woods, whose father was Black and whose mother is Asian, trying to honor all sides of his family’s heritage.

“I think it’s an important time right now for this to air because I think it makes us kind of question what is it that makes us uniquely American,” Stowell said. “We see how polarized and divided we’ve become in many ways but it’s also an opportunit­y right now to become unified. And maybe the complex questions that we’re raising with this documentar­y might start some conversati­ons. Is there one, you know, uniquely Black experience in America?”

Woods views about his racial identity have always been complex. He said during an interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” after his Masters victory that he checked both African-american and Asian on a form at school to describe his background.

He also said on that show that he described himself as “Cablinasia­n”—a mix of Caucasian, Black, Indian and Asian.

Those comments drew some backlash from Black golfers who came before Woods who thought he was trying to distance himself from the Black community.

“We know race is not science, it’s self-identity. I think that both how the outside world looked at Tiger and how he looked at himself, those two things Lauren does a tremendous job of bringing together,” said Kevin Merida, The Undefeated’s senior vice president and editor.

“It’s not an argumentat­ive film. If anything, I think it will open some eyes. He does have a relationsh­ip to his race, but it may not be the same kind of relationsh­ip that some people want. All of this is tackled really thoughtful­ly.”

Stowell and ESPN made attempts to interview Woods for the documentar­y but were not successful. It does include interviews of Woods and his parents from earlier in his career as well as longtime Woods friend Mark O’meara, former Coach Butch Harmon and Lee Elder, who was the first Black player invited to compete in the Masters.

Stowell said if she had interviewe­d Woods, she would have liked to know more about the role

Woods’s mother has had on his views and his thought process in coming up with Cablinasia­n.

She added: “I think it was a bold statement. But since then, what is important for him? How does he want to be identified?”

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“TIGER WOO DS: America’s Son” will premiere on November 29.

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