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Hold The Phone! Bushwood Is Letting In “Negroes?”

THAT’S WHAT FOREST LAKE COUNTRY CLUB SAYS … Somewhere, Judge Elihu Smails is rolling over in his grave … South Carolina’s own version of “Bushwood” – the fictional country club from the movie Caddyshack  – is reportedly on the verge of admitting its first black couple. How do we know…

THAT’S WHAT FOREST LAKE COUNTRY CLUB SAYS …

Somewhere, Judge Elihu Smails is rolling over in his grave …

South Carolina’s own version of “Bushwood” – the fictional country club from the movie Caddyshack  – is reportedly on the verge of admitting its first black couple.

How do we know this?

We don’t … that’s just what the campaign of “Republican” Henry McMaster is saying in response to a challenge from S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers.

In a press conference at the S.C. State House, Sellers – a centrist Democrat who is running for lieutenant governor – challenged his opponent McMaster to withdraw from Forest Lake Country Club, the “whites only” club McMaster has been a member of since 1979.

(For our complete coverage of Sellers’ challenge, CLICK HERE).

According to the Associated Press, McMaster’s spokesman Jeff Taillon – a former Nikki Haley staffer – said that Forest Lake Country Club does not discriminate on the basis of race and that McMaster wouldn’t be a member if it did.

Really? 

Let’s do the math here.  And throw in a basic “tense agreement” lesson for good measure.  There are currently zero  black members of Forest Lake Country Club.  That’s right, zero.  There is one black couple reportedly on a waiting list to join the club (we’d hate to imagine the sort of self-loathing that goes into that decision), although they are not presently members.  Also, while the club has never explicitly excluded blacks via its by-laws – the deed to the property on which it sits contains a prohibition against “negroes.”

Oh, and McMaster has been a member there for the past thirty-five years …

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42 comments

ThomasLover September 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Speaking of masters, your paymaster (and Sellers’ boss) Pete Strom is a Forest Lake member. The road to hell is paved with hypocrisy.

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Will Folks aka Sic September 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Pete isn’t my paymaster. Pete is one of my lawyers. And last time I checked he wasn’t a candidate for lieutenant governor.

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chevy September 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

So Bakari Sellers is okay with taking money from a member, but not with a member holding office? You have officially jumped the shark man.

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Deo Vindice SC September 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

???

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Al Czervik September 4, 2014 at 5:34 pm

But another one of your benefactors is a member and is, like Mr. McMaster, running for public office. Rhymes with Jirkman Dinlay.

“I hear this place is restricted, Wang, so don’t tell ’em you’re Jewish, okay?”

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Squishy123 September 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

You need more than one?

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snickering September 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Why do you have an attorney?

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Bob Loblaw September 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Your sub-headline indicates that Forest Lake Country Club “says” something. However, I don’t see any quote from Forest Lake Club in this article.

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Just another person September 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Too bad you don’t know the membership process at FLC. If you did, you would understand why no blacks were in. They actually tried to get Alex English to join 15 years ago, but he did not want to pay the money and did not care for the golf course. Do you think a black couple would want to hang out with a bunch of old white people? No. Many have tried to find blacks to join, but many have turned them down. BTW, the waiting list at one time was up to 13 years, but I don’t think it is that long anymore.

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A Pimp named Slickback September 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm

“Do you think a black couple would want to hang out with a bunch of old white people?”

Depends on the circumstances and cash at hand.

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Halfvast Conspirator September 5, 2014 at 9:36 am

I thought they were hanged by themselves

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Just another person September 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

BTW Will, why do you care? How does that make them good or bad in governing? I would think you could care less based on your “political beliefs” If someone is a member of a club that has one race of people. What people do on their own time, is their business.

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Great news! Blacks are equal! September 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

That’s negroiffic!

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Toyota Kawaski September 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I got it from a Negroe….they have thave the best shit

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Buz Martin September 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Holy shit! What is the deal with country clubs anyway? I’ve worked at several. Some of them are pretty damned nice and have good courses and other amenities. But … 13 years to get approved? Fuck that shit! In 13 days I would come up with 1300 different ways to tell ’em to stick it where the sun don’t shine, stick in up there sideways, and then rotate vigorously.

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anonymous September 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

“- a centrist Democrat who is running for lieutenant governor -”

There is nothing “centrist” about Sellers. He is an old time Jim Clyburn South Carolina Democrat to the core. He has done nothing “moderate” in his time at the statehouse.

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snickering September 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

How uninformed you are. Pity, I would love to cross swords with you.

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anonymous September 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Enjoying your kool-aid?

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snickering September 6, 2014 at 6:22 am

Always, but I like a little vodka in it and it has to be grape kool aid, like a purple Jesus.

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Jack Klompus September 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Sic, I find it ironic that, as a purported staunch libertarian, you do not endorse the freedom of association in a private club.

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Tazmaniac September 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

The article is unfair and unclear. There is a huge difference between “Whites only” and “All White” are there signs/guest rules/bylaws prohibiting Blacks? If the membership judges people by color, I wouldn’t consider joining ($$$ not a factor). What do you have to say about candidates that are Alpha Phi Alpha’s?

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Deo Vindice SC September 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

ANYONE from SC State is taught to be raciest, Tour SC State yourself and find this to be true. Yet money from SC taxpayers keep pouring in. Your money, u stupid !

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Smirks September 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

How can one be “raciest?” Do they show the most cleavage? Wear the tightest dresses and bend over a lot?

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Deo Vindice SC September 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Tour the place asshole

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Deo Vindice SC September 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

go there for yourself get back later

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Same ol' Same ol' September 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I got it.

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You are an idiot September 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

Learn to spell before you go pointing fingers you dumb ass!

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Silvio Dante September 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Oh Porterhouse, look at the wax build up on these shoes. I want that wax stripped off there, then I want them creamed and buffed with a fine chamois, and I want them now. Chop chop.

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willblogformoney September 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Colored boy? Why you so of a bitch.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

“It’s the best, man. I bought it from a Negro.”

Spaulding…. defending his weed.

“It’s easy to grin…
When your ship comes in…and you’ve got the stock market beat.

But the man who’s worthwhile…
Is the man who can smile…
When his shorts are to tight in the seat!”

Judge Smails… speechifying before Pookie christens his boat.

…from memory.

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Silvio Dante September 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Ahoy polloi… where did you come from, a scotch ad?

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Al C. September 5, 2014 at 7:53 am

I tell ya, golf courses and cemeteries are the biggest wastes of prime real estate!

Limbaughsaphatkhunt September 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

“You’ll get nothing and like it.”

“I didn’t wanna do it, but I felt I ohhhhhhhed it to them”

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Deo Vindice SC September 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I cut grass by the way !

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Lauren FitzHugh September 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Of note, it was just recently that FLC allowed women to be members. They have a bangin’ brunch but they’re certainly not progressive in any way.

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CharlesDikkens September 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Having played golf there on several occassions, I can attest to the fact that while there are no black “members,” there are many black people there, serving up cocktails and shining up shoes. And frequent reference is made to black folks, such as when an elderly member misses for example a two foot putt, or hope is expressed as to the success of the Gamecocks. Or as in, “Hey Fred, did you hear the one about the Jew, the N…..and the Catholic?”

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"centrist" September 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

On what planet is bakari a “centrist Democrat”???

He is a self-described “tax and spend liberal” and a (shitty) plaintiff’s lawyer. Exactly what has he done to make himself even pretend to be a “centrist”?

This website has no contact with reality.

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whocares September 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Who cares? Yawn…I’m too poor to ever join and I don’t own a golf club… ( however, hypocritical pols who use their daddy’s influence to dodge a DU I conviction seem more newsworthy)

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OhNoHeDidnt September 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

McMaster is a member of a club which Bakari accuses of being exclusionary and racist, Bakari is a member of a club that IS exclusionary and racist. He’s going to regret ever opening his smug little mug about this one.

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scyankee September 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Black only dating sites, Black only papers, BET and Sellers is worried about a stupid country club.

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Speight September 6, 2014 at 12:14 am

And Sellers went to a private, all male college as well as one that is 97% black. http://tiny.cc/f3yqlx

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DrSmitty42 October 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

Maybe the local negroes are more concerned with buying 20 inch rims for their fast whips than they are with playing golf?

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