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Friday, September 05, 2008
LPGA Rescinds English-Only Suspension Policy

Today, the LPGA announced that it would revise its English only language policy to eradicate the draconian consequence of suspension, as reported here earlier this week. According to LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens, the LPGA was enlightened by the serious criticism it came under after announcing its policy. Commissioner Bivens acknowledged that the LPGA had received some "valuable feedback from a variety of constituents" and based on that feedback, the LPGA decided to rescind the penalty provisions requiring suspension if its players failed an oral English evaluation in 2009.

Bivens stated that "After hearing the concerns, we believe there are other ways to achieve our shared objective of supporting and enhancing the business opportunities for every Tour player. In that spirit, we will continue communicating with our diverse Tour players to develop a better alternative. The LPGA will announce a revised approach, absent playing penalties, by the end of 2008.''

While acknowledging making a racially discriminatory and ethnically tinged mistake does not dismiss the insensitive adoption of the policy, the LPGA at least deserves some credit for recognizing that it had crossed the line and now seeks to rectify its error.


Please elaborate on how this policy was racially insensitive.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/05/2008 9:07 PM  

If you need to have the racial insensitivity aspect of the LPGA rule, ytou won't understand the answer.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/05/2008 11:22 PM  

Sounds to me like this is a language issue, not a racial issue.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/06/2008 7:49 AM  

Sounds to me like someone is trying to make it a racial issue when it is not. Not surprising, of course.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/06/2008 7:53 AM  

Let's see here .....

>> League or organization based in U.S. . . . check.

>> Most of tournaments in U.S. or Canada . . . check.
(not counting British Opens).

>> Predominate language in U.S. is English . . . check.

>> Most fans at LPGA tournaments speak only English . . . check.

>> Most sponsors able to have people speak, or advertise in, English . . . check.

>> Inevitable ACLU threats about racism . . . check.

>> Inevitable complaints about racial "insensitivity" (whatever that means; does it apply to the majority English speakers too?) . . . check.

>> Suspension is rescinded . . . right thing to do (I agree) but I think the policy to be able to speak English is the RIGHT one.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/08/2008 2:50 AM  

Check! But, my whole research agenda is based upon race and sports, so therefore it's all about race!

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/09/2008 6:02 AM  

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