— Deadspin (@Deadspin) June 22, 2020
We’ve Lived with ‘The Masters’ Name Long Enough
There’s a bigger one in the room that needs to be addressed, changed and removed.
The name “The Masters” must go.
The Masters never felt good or even sounded good when you said it.
And before we hear from the choir about tradition and history, save it.
When that history and tradition is rooted in slavery, it shouldn’t be preserved and honored.
The only thing worse than the name of the event is the actual venue.
Augusta National was built on grounds that were once a slave plantation and was the property of a slave owner. And according to a 2019 New Yorker piece about the course, it’s believed that enslaved Blacks were housed on the property.
It’s a dark reminder of America’s ugly past.