(PATRIOT TRUTHS) – The Tahquitz Creek Golf Course in Palm Springs became the center of controversy thanks to a row of tamarisk trees that are believed to have been planted when the course was built in the 1960s. Although the landscaping existed for decades without issue, that all changed when some residents found themselves in angst, believing the entire existence of the trees was racist in nature.
While some believe the trees were simply planted for cosmetic purposes, making the course more attractive and providing additional scenery to players, others say that’s not the case. Instead, they believe the trees are a form of segregation, separating the golf course from a historically black neighborhood.
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When the matter finally boiled over, the Mayor and city council decided to take steps to address it. Eventually, it was decided that the trees would be removed. “You asked why it took us this long,” council member J.R. Roberts said to a gathering of residents. “I can’t answer that. But guess what? We’re here now.”