Black Olympian Protests Losing Coin Toss because Black History

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Even settling a tie vote by a coin toss is unjust because African-Americans are owed reparations, it seems.

When the vote was tied for which athlete would be a flag-bearer for the Olympic Games, Friday, the rules called for a coin toss to decide. Shani Davis lost the toss and so he complained about it. Included in his twitter complaint was an invocation of Black History month.

What?

Does a white woman winning a coin toss over a black person somehow violate racial justice? Surely, Davis knows that no amount of “white privilege” could have changed the odds in her favor.

Fox News reports, “Team USA skater’s tweet draws mixed reactions after coin toss decides Olympic flagbearer.

A speedskater on Team USA lambasted the organization Thursday for not allowing him to be the flag-bearer for Friday’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The skater, Shani Davis, 35, lost a coin toss to luger Erin Hamlin, 31, after a vote ended in a tie, the Daily Mail reported. Both were among eight athletes vying to become the U.S. flag-bearer in the Parade of Nations.

Davis took to Twitter to criticize the decision and posture his credentials.

“I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. Team USA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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