Cooler heads prevail.
With the #BlackLivesMatter rioting and looting and the prospect of #Antifa being processed by the FBI as domestic terrorists, PGA players like Tiger Woods have a message for those creating chaos and attempting to influence a movement to defund the police, “Education is the best path forward”.
We could not agree more. While we support the prosecution of any law enforcement officer for unlawful use of force and are hopeful George Floyd’s murderer and accomplices will be punished to the full extent of the law, defunding the thin blue line amounts to ignorance and a lack of education. We all know that if police were to be defunded across the nation, businesses would move out (including golf oriented businesses). Why? Looting, vandalism, theft and all that the police defend us against are costly and crippling to local businesses and the image of the locale.
For example, would golf travelers vacation to golf courses on the Robert Trent Jones golf trail in locations where there are no police. Doubtful. Would businesses stick around in those locations simply to go bankrupt and watch their communities crumble to a state of decay? And this phenomena would not only apply to Robert Trent Jones but to thousands of golf destinations around the country.
We also assume this phenomena would not be good for local, state, and city governments. As businesses fold or move, the tax base would shrink and government jobs would follow. Would mayors and other government officials see their salaries disappear and would jobs shed from government departments like the cover off of a cheap golf ball?
And certainly more education for law enforcement officers is in order. Police brutality must stop and all people should be treated with respect. Had Derek Chauvin been educated on the consequences of unlawful tactics in the arrest of crime suspects, George Floyd may still be alive today, But he is not and let us all hope and pray that aggressive education for the police is a result so that these tragedies don’t occur ever again.
Cooler heads prevail.
“My heart goes out to George Floyd, his loved ones and all of us who are hurting right now,” Woods said. “I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement.”
Tiger adds, “We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods that we live in. I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society.”
Let’s hope people balance slapping their monkey with actually educating themselves, as Tiger states, and thinking about the consequences of defunding the police. And let’s all make a commitment to get off the course for a day and tell our local authorities what we think about those consequences before it’s too late. I would venture to guess that NONE of us want to lose our local golf course and golf business, much less the face of our communities.