THIS GIRL really impressed me…..not only for her amazing talent and drive but for what she said after winning.
When asked about the “first Black swimmer to win the Gold”, etc., she replied that “It is something I’ve definitely struggled with a lot,” Manuel said. “Coming into the race I tried to take weight of the black community off my shoulders. It’s something I carry with me. I want to be an inspiration, but I would like there to be a day when it is not ‘Simone the black swimmer.’
I’ve always felt that way. I’m tired of FIRST WOMAN WHATEVER. Just be a PERSON WHO WON.
She said “The title of black swimmer suggests that I am not supposed to win golds or break records, but that’s not true because I train hard and want to win just like everyone else.” And SHE IS RIGHT.
Yes, she did mention what’s going on with the police brutality, ““It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” but who can deny that exists? So USA TODAY and other papers headlined this “Simone Manuel speaks out on police brutality.” Really? She mentioned it rather in passing, (see above) and that’s “SPEAKING OUT?” Anything to stir things up.
She was used by the press for only mentioning that she wants to be considered good for HER, not her color, and because she mentioned the police …. sad. She’s an inspiration and doesn’t deserve to be used.
I HONOR THIS HERO…..YOUNG, CAPABLE, HARD WORKING AND NO WHINER….!
Also: BILL MURRAY says something I found funny: “Every Olympic event should include one average person competing for reference!”
***********What sport would YOU DO?