Rep. Dan Crenshaw Steps In It As He Demands Ouster Of Olympian Who Shunned U.S. Flag
Written by Black Voices on June 29, 2021
Critics erupted Monday after Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) demanded that Black athlete Gwen Berry be kicked off the U.S. Olympic staff for turning her again on the American flag through the anthem in protest at trials over the weekend.
Berry, a hammer thrower who certified for the Tokyo Olympics after putting third in Oregon, was protesting “systemic racism” and police brutality within the U.S.
“We don’t want any extra activist athletes,” Crenshaw snapped Monday on “Fox & Mates.” “She needs to be faraway from the staff. The complete level of the Olympic staff is to symbolize the USA of America. It’s the whole level.”
He then referred to as such protests, that are protected by the First Modification, a “pathology” linked to “educating crucial race principle,” referring to schooling about how the nation’s historical past has solidified a social construction based mostly on racism.
Critics on social media identified that Crenshaw voted in opposition to the creation of a bipartisan fee to analyze the violence Jan. 6 on the U.S. Capitol, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump turned poles holding the U.S. flag into weapons as they stormed the constructing to attempt to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.
Whereas Crenshaw has attacked Trump and his colleagues for inciting the violence on the Capitol, he additionally wrote in a Wall Road Journal essay that it was “no shock that hundreds confirmed as much as make their voices heard.”
The “actual trigger” of the “unrest was that many officeholders and commentators misled tens of millions of People to imagine that the vote rely was their remaining probability to have a say,” he added, a scenario he didn’t describe as “pathological.”
Berry’s actions have been nonviolent, and so they didn’t seem to violate any guidelines of the U.S. Olympics and Paralympics Committee. In reality, Sarah Hirshland, the CEO of the USOPC, instructed athletes late final 12 months in a put up and letter that she believed “their proper to advocate for racial and social justice and act as a power for good deserves the help” of the committee.
The group decided then that athletes will probably be allowed to “peacefully and respectfully” have interaction in demonstrations in help of racial or social causes on the Olympics.
Earlier in March, the committee had additionally decided it could enable some types of peaceable protest through the Olympic qualifying trials, together with kneeling through the anthem and elevating fists.
Athletes’ “proper to advocate for racial and social justice aligns with the basic values of equality that outline Crew USA and the Olympic and Paralympic actions,” the committee said then.
Berry dismissed Crenshaw’s feedback as an obsession.
Others have been way more scathing.
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