The 2018 Winter Olympics is officially kicking off in PyeongChang and is supposed to be an event where all cultures and all countries come together in one place to celebrate sports excellence and everyone’s differences. It’s an environment counter to racism as nothing excludes someone from competition except their own athletic ability.
The games have already been politicized prior to now from American athletes intent on using the world stage to bash our administration. Now, a new US Olympian has just entered the controversial scene to divide Team USA with screams of racism. The athlete picked to carry the US flag in the opening ceremonies Friday night was decided in a very fair manner that could not be skewed or rigged in any way. However, leave it to black US speed skater Shani Davis, to claim otherwise, practically saying that the air that turned the coin in the coin toss is racist – that’s how grossly out of hand this climate of political correctness has become.
“A black US Olympian is implying that a coin flip used to determine who will bear the flag for our country’s team is racist because he lost out to a white woman,” Downtrend reported. “There is definitely some racism here, just not against the black athlete.”
According to the AP:
Erin Hamlin competes in luge and is a white woman. She was chosen to be the US Olympic flagbearer with a coin flip, beating out speed skater Shani Davis, who is a black man. There was tie in the voting with a coin toss as a predetermined way to break the tie and yet, this is how Davis saw things:
“I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022,” wrote Davis.
Davis also included a Black History Month hashtag indicating that racism was the reason he wasn’t chosen. You know, because racism is so bad it can affect the random chance of a coin flip.
Not only that, but Davis indicates that the 2018 games are a complete wash because he was “racistly” denied his rightful position as flagbearer. He’s already looking ahead to the 2022 games, which he hopes will be less racist.
I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/dsmTtNkhJs
— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 8, 2018
As most of the outlandish and unfounded claims of racism go, it was seemingly created for attention on an agenda and to perpetuate divisiveness by stretching the truth and in some way, making things up entirely to support the claim. We know this is true based on a non-partial account of how the “racist” flag carrying decision actually went down:
“Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees for the flagbearer role, and athletes from each of the eight winter sports federations — bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speedskating and luge — represented those nominees in a balloting that took place Wednesday night.”
“Eventually, the final vote was deadlocked at 4-4. Hamlin won a coin toss, the predetermined method of picking a winner if all else failed in the athlete-led process. The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew if the tie couldn’t be broken by them the coin toss would have to occur.”
It’s clear that this decision was made by the fairest means possible that everyone should be satisfied with knowing that there’s nothing that could have possibly influenced it. If it was really based on fairness, Davis would be happy with this process but proved that’s not what’s it’s really about. He’s right, that it’s about racism, just his racism and not a white guy’s. Clearly, the only way this could flag-carrying honor could not have been racist for Davis, was if he, a black man, or any other black athlete was picked to carry the flag in the ceremonies. That’s real racism.
This isn’t the first time that an American flag-carrying honor has been declared a racist decision. When Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Michael Phelp was given the flag to carry in the summer Olympics in Rio, liberals pitched a massive fit that a “tall, successful, rich white guy” was given the honor. Loudmouthed lefties and the liberal media demanded that he cede the honor to the person who came in second to him – Ibtihaj Muhammad. Muhammad is an African American Muslim woman famous for wearing her hijab during her fencing matches and someone who politically hates Donald Trump.
Michael Phelps is a legendary swimmer and one of the greatest athletes America has ever known. His teammates voted for him to be the flag bearer in the opening ceremony and was picked for reasons of his history-making accomplishments in the sport, not his physical or financial attributes.
If the Olympics represent anything, it’s that awards aren’t just handed out – they’re earned through an exceptional amount of hard work and dedication to perfecting one’s ability. He or she who carries the flag are not picked based on anything different other than merit or sheer chance. If the games were racist, then Davis wouldn’t have been selected to compete, his white, less skilled counterpart would have been.