Get ready for this: coin flips are racist. A black US Olympian is implying that a coin flip used to determine who will bear the flag for our country’s team is racist because he lost out to a white woman. There is definitely some racism here, just not against the black athlete.
The AP reports the feel-bad story of the 2018 Olympic Games. Erin Hamlin competes in luge and is a white woman. She was chosen to be the US Olympic flagbearer with a coin flip, beating out speed skater Shani Davis, who is a black man. There was tie in the voting with a coin toss as a predetermined way to break the tie and yet, this is how Davis saw things:
I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/dsmTtNkhJs
— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 8, 2018
“I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022,” wrote Davis.
Davis also included a Black History Month hashtag indicating that racism was the reason he wasn’t chosen. You know, because racism is so bad it can affect the random chance of a coin flip.
Not only that, but Davis indicates that the 2018 games are a complete wash because he was “racistly” denied his rightful position as flagbearer. He’s already looking ahead to the 2022 games, which he hopes will be less racist.
Though Davis calls this process “dishonorable” here is what actually happened:
Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees for the flagbearer role, and athletes from each of the eight winter sports federations — bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speedskating and luge — represented those nominees in a balloting that took place Wednesday night.
Eventually, the final vote was deadlocked at 4-4. Hamlin won a coin toss, the predetermined method of picking a winner if all else failed in the athlete-led process. The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew if the tie couldn’t be broken by them the coin toss would have to occur.
Gosh, that seems as fair as something could possibly be. Then again, I’m not a whiny bitch who thinks everything is racist, like this guy.
Yesterday I reported about a black student who was beat out for a role in a high school play by a white student. The black student cried racism and raised such a stink that the school cancelled the entire production. Maybe if Davis cries hard enough, he can get the US Olympic team to pull out of the Winter Games or maybe even get the IOC to cancel the entire Olympics.
When you throw in openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon, who refuses to meet Vice President Mike Pence for gay reasons, this US Olympic team is shaping up to be one that is hard to root for. They need to leave the identity politics at home and just compete.
The US Olympic Committee has hired a diversity and inclusion director to impose racial quotas on the US Olympic team. Clearly this move is paying off with a bitchier less cohesive national team.