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If Tiger Would Make A Difference

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Is LAist stoked that Tiger Woods is back, and black, and Asian? Of course. What could be finer than the dominance of minorities in traditionally white sports?

World peace perhaps? That'll never happen.

What about a humane wage for hard-working people who make shoes for a company who flinches when it only makes $377 million of profit in a quarter?

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We have nothing against capitalism or paying people from around the world a fraction what an American would demand for labor.

What we do have a problem with is how the richest, most successful, and seemingly most intelligent athletes would allow themselves to be associated with the world's largest athletic company who pays its employees some of the lowest wages in the world for the most expensive athletic shoes?

Wouldn't you buy shoes made in New Orleans if you knew those shoes would help the recovery down there? Wouldn't you buy shoes made in Mexico if you knew that would probably help decrease the amount of illegal immigration in this country?

Wouldn't you feel better walking around in shoes where most of the money spent went to millionaires and not the poor people who produced it?

It baffles us how Tiger Woods can pimp out a company who cares so little about their place in the global economy, which is why we can't pimp out an athlete who doesn't understand his place in the big picture.

Which is why we hope he loses this week in Thousand Oaks.

photo by Richard Carter