Political protest on the Olympic podium is nothing new.

Ever since Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Summer Games, we have seen political activism played out on the Olympic stage in many different ways.

When you think about it, it’s the perfect place for athletes with a cause to do it. The eyes of the world are on them, and it’s one of the few moments where they have a captive audience and a moment where the world is paying attention.

However, now more than ever, political activism is taking center stage, so it’s to the surprise of no one that, with the 2021 Summer Games right around the corner, people are looking to take advantage of the situation.

Just a few short days ago, I had never heard of Gwen Berry…

But the world knows who she is now—and her recent actions at the Olympic trials showed us what kind of person she truly is.

Berry, a hammer thrower, was on the third-place podium at the Olympic trials in Oregon, and as the crowd watched, she turned her back on the American flag when the Anthem started playing.

Ignoring The Spirit Of The Olympics

While her fellow competitors, DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen, turned to face the flag and placed their hands on their hearts, Berry, an open BLM activist, turned to face the stands, put her hands on her hips, and then covered her head with a t-shirt that said “Athlete Activist.”

Talk about the height of the entitlement.

This woman, who is competing to represent the United States of America on the WORLD stage, just turned her back on the flag of the country she supposedly supports.

In interviews afterward, she said she felt like officials only played the anthem to “set her up” and that she had been told it would be played before she walked on to the podium, not while she was there.

It’s as if she’s never seen an Olympic event when the winners get their anthem played on the podium.

So, instead of standing there proudly, she decided to put HER issues in front of the whole reason for the Games.

Instead of taking responsibility for her actions, she blamed the organizers of the event, saying she feels she was disrespected by the organizers of the event.

“The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has. I didn’t really want to be up there. Like I said, it was a setup. I was hot, I was ready to take my pictures and get into some shade.”

So, it’s not any surprise that she’s been slammed by the Right for her actions…

And of course, she’s got a comment for the “haters” too.

In a tweet, Berry said…

“These comments really show that:

1.) people in American rally patriotism over basic morality

2.) Even after the murder of George Floyd and so many others; the commercials, statements, and phony sentiments regarding black lives were just a hoax.”

Berry says she was protesting on behalf of Brown and Black people who have died at the hands of “systemic racism,” and she thinks that the morality of individuals in the past play into the patriotism that an American should have today.

Neither of these are true.

Systemic racism hasn’t existed since 1964 when the Civil Rights Act made racism in laws and systems ILLEGAL. No law or policy exists on the books that forces our justice system to treat one race better or worse than another.

Likewise, blaming people alive today for the deeds of people who died decades ago just doesn’t make any logical sense.

That should tell you that Berry doesn’t understand America—just like most Leftists.

Which may be why she followed this tweet up with another gem…

“Thank you! I never said I hated this country! People try to put words in my mouth but they can’t. That’s why I speak out. I LOVE MY PEOPLE.”

But that’s what she doesn’t understand.

It’s not her words that show America that she hates our country…

It’s her actions.

And that’s how Conservatives make the VAST majority of our judgments; not on the words that were said, but the actions that were taken.

Berry’s actions may not show that she hates our country, but it sure proves she doesn’t like it.

And don’t you think that somebody that is competing to represent our nation on the world stage should at least LIKE our country a little bit?

I do…

Maybe she should change her attitude before heading to Japan in a few weeks…or maybe she shouldn’t even go, regardless of how good she is. And remember, she placed third.

Principles…

It all comes down to principles…or the lack thereof.

 

 

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln