Five black women were kicked off a course at the Grandview Golf Club in York, Pennsylvania, last weekend, and they’re not sure what happens now.
The women, members of the club and an organization for black female golf players called Sisters in the Fairway, were on the second hole when the owner’s father, Steve Chronister, told them they were playing too slow and offered them a refund to leave.
So they decided to skip a hole. By the time they got to the 10th, the women were confronted again by Chronister and his son, club owner Jordan, and were told to leave.
Sandra Thompson, a lawyer and member of the group, began recording. (See video below)
The police were called and the women’s memberships were rescinded. Jordan Chronister’s wife later called and apologized.
Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Myneca Ojo, who was with Thompson when she recorded the video of the confrontation.
“It was a horrific experience,” Ojo says. “It was very … it created a lot of anxiety. We had a lotta high hopes for, you know, participating and contributing to this course.”
When asked if they felt this happened because they were five black women, the race, feminist and victim cards were all played.
“Yes, and both equally — both the gender aspect of it, and the racial aspect of it. I strongly feel that the approach was based on the racial aspect of it. I strongly feel that the perception of them thinking that we were playing slowly was because of the fact that we were women. That is a bias in the sport, is that women play slower.”
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 1st, 2018