United States sport stars protest against racism


This 23 March 2019 video from the USA is called Gwendolyn Berry Hammer Throw Skills.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio:

US American sports people protest again during national anthem

American athletes have again protested against abuses in their country. What started three years ago with a kneeling protest by American Football player Colin Kaepernick against police violence in America, was followed by two athletes at the Pan-American Games in Lima [in Peru] last weekend.

On Friday, fencer Race Imboden knelt when the American national anthem was played after receiving a gold medal. The next day, Gwendolyn Berry, who won gold in the hammer throw, raised her fist when the national anthem was heard.

United States gold medal winner Gwendolyn Berry raises her fist in protest, C.Cruz/AP photo

Ex-athlete Carl Lewis backs equal pay in sports and attacks ‘racist’ Donald Trump. Olympic legend supports US women’s [soccer] team lawsuit. Calls US president ‘prejudiced, and misogynistic’: here.

This 11 August 2019 video says about itself:

Race Imboden takes a knee and joins tradition of US athlete protests

United States gold medal-winning fencer Race Imboden may face sanctions for taking a knee during the medal ceremony at the 2019 Pan-American Games. Imboden’s gesture preceded a similar protest on Saturday by American hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who raised her fist at the end of the national anthem after winning gold.

US athletes have a long history of staging such protests, dating back to the 1960s civil rights movement, but they have grown in recent years following NFL player Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to start taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016.

US Olympics body may sanction athletes for Trump protests. Athletes are facing possible sanctions for protesting Donald Trump at the Pan American Games. Gwen Berry and Race Imboden tried to draw attention to social issues in the US that they feel are spiraling out of control: here.

The NOS article continues:

The protests are remarkable, thinks sports journalist Maarten Kolsloot, given the success of the two American athletes. “Berry is a record holder and Imboden has already been world champion”, he says in the NOS Radio 1 News. “So they really send a signal.”

That signal is extra strong, Kolsloot thinks, because today it is exactly two years ago that a young woman was killed in a car attack in Charlottesville. In that American city, extreme right-wing demonstrators and counter-protesters stood opposite each other. A man deliberately drove into the counter-protesters; one was killed and dozens injured.

“Long list of problems”

On Twitter, Imboden, who is also a DJ and model, wrote that he protests for “a long list of problems, on which racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants are at the top”. He also called on others to follow his example.

“Imboden is next to footballer Megan Rapinoe one of the few white athletes participating in the protest,” says Kolsloot. “But precisely because fencing is a fairly white, elitist sport, Imboden indicated it was important to participate.”

The action of the two athletes is daring, since participants in the Pan-American Games must sign a document stating that political statements are out of the question. “Moreover, Trump reacted with disapproval when Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the national anthem three years ago,” says Kolsloot. “He thought demonstrating athletes should be fired and called them sons of bitches.”

It cost Kaepernick dear: because of the fuss he ended up without a club and was forced to leave the sport.

Trump has not yet responded to the action by Berry and Imboden. …

A spokesperson for the American Olympic committee reacted strongly to the action by the two athletes. “They are both big contenders for going to the Tokyo Games in 2020”, says Kolsloot, “but it is unclear whether the protest will have an impact on that.” Berry is said to have had a meeting with the Committee, but what came out of it is unknown.

Kolsloot considers it unlikely that the two will be suspended for a long time. “Both athletes are medal candidates, with even the chance of gold. Moreover, the protests will only get bigger. It is waiting for the next kneeling athlete.”

Protesting US athletes get suspended sentence: here.

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