There was a time when Cheyenne Woods thought it best to keep her thoughts to herself, particularly when it came to taking on racism and inequality.
She’s realized, however, that that’s a luxury she can’t afford. No one can.
On “Changing the Game,” a new podcast from USA TODAY Sports, the professional golfer spoke about using her platform, whether it’s to spotlight systemic racism or the continued lack of diversity in the sport she loves.
“You’re going to get the backlash. You’re going to get the comments and the negativity. And it’s scary to put yourself out there,” Woods said. “This time it does feel different. So many people are speaking out and I don’t care if you like what I say or not. I truly believe that this is what’s right and it’s in my heart.
“And if I lose, as I have, thousands of followers because I’m speaking up about what I believe is important and right in the world, I don’t care if you unfollow me. I don’t care if you don’t support me,” she said. “Because I truly feel like I’m on the right side of history in terms of supporting Americans and Black Americans and what’s going on in the world today.”
Woods, in her…