‘Everybody has the opportunity to be educated’: Country Club pulls picture after public backlash

Andrea Dion

Published:July 27, 2021



EDMONTON — The Glendale Golf and Country Club has apologized for reposting a picture of a foursome who wore shirts at a golf tournament that read “Drunk Wives Matter,” in reference to the Black Lives Matter slogan.

The picture of four unknown women wearing the matching shirts was temporarily shared on the club’s Instagram, sparking criticism from the public. While the picture was taken down, it’s been shared widely.

“Why they thought this was a good idea is beyond me,” Farha Shariff, an educator, told CTV News Edmonton.

“Mocking an entire Black activist movement post George Floyd is inherently racist, period.”

“It was a thoughtless post that has been rightfully brought to our attention by many community members,” a statement from the Glendale Golf and Country Club read. “We take full responsibility for this mistake and will use this opportunity to reflect on our actions.”
















Shariff told CTV News the problem with the post is there were a number of missed steps.

“There were many opportunities for someone to say something,” she explained.

“Most people are not inclined to act on what they see and that’s how we perpetuate racism.”















The club called the situation a teachable moment for staff and members.

However, Shariff said the apology was “weak” and lacks a specific educational plan for them to move forward with.

“I encouraged people that follow me to contact the Glendale and ask, ‘how are they learning? What are they doing?’”

“Everybody has the opportunity to be educated,” she added.















Shariff said the community wants the club to be held accountable for their actions and a few ways to do that is by issuing a “heartfelt” apology with specifics, such as offering support to the racialized community, supporting local Black-owned businesses and donating to organizations that are working towards addressing and correcting racism.

“When you post something on social media and share it, that’s reflective of the brand and the club,” Shariff added.

CTV News Edmonton has reached out to the club for further comment.















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