For more than twenty years, the United States has sent a team to the Summer Games that is so dominant that losing is not even a remote possibility. And every four years, millions of Americans take for granted the excellence of this team more than the light bulbs in their refrigerators.
This is the situation of Black women.
TThe predominantly black women’s basketball team of the United States has an Olympic record of 72-4 since the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. And since the 1996 Atlanta Games, they have won gold in every Olympics with a perfect 48-0 record. It’s better than its male counterparts, though are 40-3 in Olympic competition since 1996, which also includes a bronze medal in 2004. Trumps also has the women’s soccer team that has won only four gold medals since 1996 compared to the six it has the women’s basketball, as the sports football team set an Olympic record 26-8-2 during that period.
In a patriarchal society, we already know why the men’s basketball team receives more attention when the Olympics are presented. But when you compare the women’s soccer team with the women’s basketball team, it’s always interesting that one team seems to have a bigger boost than the other, even if their resume isn’t good.
The answer to “why” is simple. Of the 18 women who form The USA team football list, only two of them are Black. Of the 12 women on the basketball team, 9 of them are black. The team is also coached by Dawn Staley, who is the first black woman to ever coach Team USA’s senior women’s team.
America finding ways to not support successful black female athletes – and black women in general – is nothing new, since it dominates the titles. We’ve already seen how people were most unhappy with Gwen Berry, an Olympic hammer thrower twice, a few weeks ago for flying the American flag on the podium during the national anthem who were with the terrorists who stormed the Capitol on 6 January. Simone Biles – arguably the greatest gymnast of all time – was penalized for being better than her competition after beating Yurchenko in May, leading to judges awarding her only a 6.6 point.
“I feel like now we just have to get what we have because there’s no point in fighting because we don’t have to reward them,” he said. he told the New York Times. “So we need to take it and be silent.”
Sha’Carri Richardson last hopes to go to Tokyo were dashed Tuesday when USA Track and Field left her out of the 4×100 relay team, even though she would have been eligible after serving a 30-day suspension for weeds that disqualified her from the 100m dash. And the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is reconsidering the ban they put on swimming caps for natural black hair for the Tokyo Games after all the criticism she received for the decision that was racist at best, and despicable at worst, for a move that was specifically aimed at Black women.
It is not surprising why black women deny the opportunities that lie beneath them. Hi, Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Since it has become clear that the Olympics will always take place in a place that is on track declare a state of emergency due to COVID-19, we could also learn to “unite as a country” and encourage our athletes in sports that we have often forgotten. But, while this is happening, be careful as a team will not get close to the attention it deserves. Because while our women’s basketball team doesn’t have a full list of women with blonde hair and blue eyes, they’re always representing red, white and blue, and they always bring home the only color that counts. gold.