WYOMING: The Interracial Divorce: Will Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren stir racial animus if they divorce?

TIGER WOODS AND ELIN WOODS INTERRACIAL DIVORCE
Sleuthing around the Internet last night, I found this Australian website that had a piece on the Tiger Woods car accident. What was so interesting, was that the piece implied that there was all this racial animosity towards Tiger. It even indicated that some commenter on a U.S. website had called Mr. Woods a “niggar.” I didn’t bookmark the site but to get a sense of what’s going on and what’s being said about Tiger, Google these terms: Australia tiger woods accident nigger, nigga… and you will see what I mean.
I was surprised since, well, I’ve been in my own bubble for a while and I didn’t realize that this is how they thought about Tiger. Not that calling him a nigga phases me all that much. I dwell in an urban town where just about everybody has begun to call themselves niggars. It’s insane. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but, I mean, even little Asian kids from Chinatown who go to high school in Brooklyn (one of the most elite in New York City, btw)  walk around calling themselves niggars these days as they walk home from school with their Puerto Rican friends; And all other racial groups of young people, including some white kids, are doing the same I think. The word nigga, in other words, is becoming more like an expletive that could define anybody, sort of the word “motherfucker” or any other obscene language. But socially, it is no longer the fighting words it used to be – especially not for the young. And that is because of the youth who pretty much have embraced the word, taken away the stigma and taken in mainstream. Blame it on the Hip Hop culture that finds young people dressing alike, talking alike, and just basically being “equal” unlike any other generation. To them, it seems, everybody is basically a nigga. So the word has lost, or is losing its stigma slowly but rapidly. But there are still many people who use it to connote a put-down and an insult and to dehumanize as well–even some of those very young people. So context matters.
But, so, anyway, this whole thing got me to thinking about this issue of interracial marriages/divorces a bit more closely and I wondered whether if in fact Tiger and Elin should divorce, whether it would become this sort of circus just because they are “interracial”, and whether all this racial animus will be stirred as result. And I wondered about other interracial couples who may not be in the public eye, but who experience increased animus when they go through a divorce. Because while the youth today use the word as a sort of affectionate/rebellious thing (I know, they are strange little creatures) there are still a lot of people who use it in a different context to mean something that is less than harmless. And whereas Tiger is this huge international golf champion who is loved by many racial groups, it seems that the minute there is controversy, he ceases being Tiger the golfing champion, and becomes just this nigga who married a white woman. And then all of a sudden, people start grouping up according to race and all this racial bile and filth start coming out.
Why is that? Why is it that fundamentally race still matters so much even in the context of marriage and divorce (maybe especially in the context of marriage and divorce)? On the surface things seem to be equalizing to the point as I said that young people of all races in urban cities refer to themselves by the N word as if it were the F word. No big deal. But beneath the surface, a different story emerges all together.
How do folks and Tiger and Elin cope? And if they divorced, will the animus increase against Tiger markedly? I mean, I’ve even seen people on the Internet comparing Tiger to OJ. What is going on with that?
………..and have you wondered if Elin were the one found bleeding from the nose and mouth, slipping in and out of consciousness, with Tiger wielding the golf club, how differently the tone of this story would have been and would have been handled? Weird. Why is that?