Black Olympian Protests Losing Coin Toss because Black History

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.


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.

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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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