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 here? It’s the same revisionist history the woke Left tries with movies and TV shows. You can’t judge people and situations in other eras through the lens of the present moment. It’s not fair in any way. But, mostly, it doesn’t prove that gymnastics is or was racist.
Guess what? Getting to the point where you can compete at an elite level in any sport is hard. It costs a lot of money, and takes iron-willed dedication, along with being blessed with truly freak-level genes/luck to become an Olympian at it, too. As my colleague Mike Miller might put it, tongue-in-cheek: “Who knew?”
Obviously, I don’t want to dwell on what ABC News said here; it gives the ridiculous notion too much oxygen and credence. All anyone needs to do to dispel this ‘racism’ nonsense is watch our champion, Simone Biles, in action.
Now, Biles, who is Black, did not grow up with advantages; in fact, her early life was rather rough. I encourage readers who aren’t aware of it to dive into her personal story on being adopted. Despite these facts, she has excelled, according to the USA Gymnastics website, with an embarrassment of high accomplishments over her career, including:
- First woman to win five World all-around titles (2013-15, 18-19)
- First woman to win three World balance beam titles (2014-15, 19)
- First woman to win five World floor exercise titles (2013-15, 2018-19)
- Most decorated U.S. women’s gymnast ever with 30 World/Olympic medals
And she’s not slowing down in the Tokyo Olympic trials for U.S. women’s (and men’s) gymnastics, which continue this weekend at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.
Just marvel at her new benchmarks for all other athletes to look up to:
- 2021 U.S. all-around, vault, balance beam & floor exercise champion and uneven bars bronze medalist
- Seven-time U.S. all-around champion (2013-16, 2018-19, 2021)
- Six-time U.S. vault champion (2014-16, 2018-19, 2021)
- Five-time U.S. balance beam champion (2015-16, 2018-19, 2021)
- Five-time U.S. floor exercise champion (2014, 2016, 2018-19, 2021)
Clearly, she is simply killing it. Without a word, her actions destroy any notion that there is ‘oppression’ at play. Just take a look at this elegance and magic:
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) June 26, 2021