After much dilly-dallying and consternation about the Wuhan coronavirus and similar topics since last year, Japan and the world community have finally decided the Tokyo Summer Olympics can be held in 2021 after all. But that isn’t stopping the legacy media in our country from continuing to play Debbie Downer on a story that should be used to uplift all Americans right now.
Earlier this week, ABC News published a sports piece — not labeled in any way as opinion, mind you — on the persistence of racism and “barriers” for women of color in U.S. gymnastics.
Here’s just a taste of what the so-called journalist felt the need to inform us about in this cultural system of oppression and abject racism, or something.
Sunisa Lee, a Hmong American, is also a front-runner to earn a spot with Team USA. Others, including Kayla DiCello and Emma Malabuyo, who are Asian women, are in the competition to become Olympians.
It’s a diverse competitive field that could influence young fans of color, as they see themselves represented in a predominantly white sport, according to Derrin Moore, founder of Brown Girls Do Gymnastics.
For the athletes who work with Brown Girls Do Gymnastics, an advocacy group for girls of color in the sport, having representation at the top of the field in the past, like Biles, Gabby Douglas and Laurie Hernandez motivated them. But it didn’t erase all of the financial and social hurdles that still keep many girls from playing competitively in the sport.
Wait for it. (emphasis mine)
However, it wasn’t until 1980 that Luci Collins Cummings and Ron Galimore became the first Black woman and man to make the Olympic gymnastics team, according to Team USA, though they did not compete that year due to the U.S.’s boycott of the Moscow Olympics. That same year, gymnast Tracee Talavera also became one of the first known Latina athletes to make the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.
Only six Black women have competed on the USA gymnastics team since 1984, out of roughly 45 women.
Okay, that’s quite enough. Do you see what they’re attempting
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