I felt that the feminist hypocrisy allowing Simone Biles to bail on her team when it depended on her as its star and foundation was enough; for once in 20121, the racial angle wasn’t necessary to get into. Am I convinced that if Mary Lou Retton had similarly withdrawn from the Olympics competition because she felt like she had “the weight of the world” on her shoulders she would have also been given a big group hug, near unanimous sympathy and “the King’s Pass”? Yes, I do.
However, defiant conservative black sports pundit Jason Whitlock has taken a racial approach to the Biles fiasco, and as is usually the case with Whitock, he takes no prisoners. Also as usual, he’s spot on.
“‘Make Sports Racist Again.’ That appears to be the goal. We want the sports world to reflect the sensibilities of the early 1900s, when everyone picked sides based on skin color. Life was easier back then; it required far less thought.”
“Her early departure from the team competition destroyed any chance of the U.S. winning the gold medal. It was a selfish, narcissistic act, a deed that perfectly defines coddled and selfie-obsessed Millennials. The only people who don’t see it this way are the growing number of sports experts and fans who interpret all actions through a racial lens….They don’t see an elite athlete folding in her biggest moment. They see a black woman who must be defended as though the plight of black people depends on her reputation.”
- “…they see yet another wounded, helpless black person in need of saving. We’re all just baby seals incapable of surviving failure without the sustenance and empathy of massive amounts of warm white and chocolate breast milk.”
- “I’m not saying we needed to pile on Biles. But we know damn well she wouldn’t be receiving this kind of support if she were a white athlete, or even a male athlete.”
- “Simone Biles cracked. She choked. She quit. And then she threw out a popular excuse she knew few people would question out of fear of appearing insensitive and being accused of racism.”
- “Whatever her motivation, our reaction to her failure shouldn’t be color-coded and color-driven. She let the nation and her teammates down. She should be held accountable for that. There’s nothing heroic about quitting”
All true, and echoing much of what the commentariat has opined here in the past 24 hours.