Lefty Columnist: Winter Olympics Too White!

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“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#1 Feb 13, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — COLUMN | Don’t listen to your friends back home saying the Winter Olympics are just for white people who like the cold and vacation in Aspen. This is the most inclusive Winter Games ever. Why, there are Caucasians here from almost 88 different nations.

Bada-bing! I’ll be here all week.

Actually, I will be here the next 10 days. And in that time, I will encounter no more than a dozen people of African American descent. They are the same ones I see over and over.

Speedskater Shani Davis, Lolo Jones and the U.S. women’s bobsled team, NBC correspondent Lewis Johnson and about three other black journalists, one of whom I sang backup for in a Salt-N-Pepa karaoke gig at the media dorm at 3 a.m. the other night.(I was Salt.)

Maybe it’s because I lived in the District for eight years. Maybe it’s because I spent my formative years in a real melting pot: rural Oahu, Hawaii, where diversity in ethnicity and culture are part of island life. Maybe I’m just used to seeing and feeling comfortable being around a variety of people, many of whom don’t look like me.

Whatever, this place is whiter than an episode of “Downton Abbey.”

Lawrence Murray, an intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee finishing up his masters in journalism at Southern California, ran into a fellow African American colleague the other day.

“He stopped me,” Murray said, referring to an instant level of kinship based on complexion.“He was like,‘Hey, what’s up?’ He’s the only one I’ve seen or talked to.”

When Murray got off the plane in Sochi, Russian police approached, which has to be every foreigner’s nightmare. Except . . .

“They wanted to take a picture of me,” Murray said.“First, one guy would take a picture. Then his friend wanted one, then another guy. That was my welcome to Sochi. My travel partner said,‘They probably think you look like Shani Davis.’”

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#2 Feb 13, 2014
Judging from the ethnic breakdown here, I’m betting it was an even more basic fascination than wanting a photo with a potential famous athlete. Tatiana, look, I met a real black person today!

Sochi is one of the most multinational cities in Russia. There are ethnic Russians, about 70 percent of the population, Armenians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Greeks, Circassians, Belorussians, Tatars and Jews — which create roughly a, oh, 100 percent Caucasian stew.

Now, you are reading this and thinking one of two things: What’s with the white guilt, son? Or, What does race have to do with the greatest athletes in the world competing in their chosen disciplines, most of which just happen to be contested against other Caucasians?

Look, I don’t care about the color of the competitors. And I don’t think the paucity of black or Hispanic athletes should cheapen any gold medal, as if somehow this were a cold-war Olympics that didn’t include some of the greatest sporting nations.

The fact is, despite Vonetta Flowers becoming the first black person to become a Winter Olympic gold medalist as a bobsledder in 2002, despite Davis becoming the first male African American to win individual gold in 2006, there hasn’t been a whole lot of carryover.

Like golf waiting forever for the Tiger Woods Factor to kick in, the USOC and other nations are still waiting for that next wave of racial diversity in the Winter Games.

I do wonder what an athlete like Davis thinks when he shows up at the Games. It’s one thing to understand your chosen sport has international competitions in Norway and the Netherlands and that almost all of your competitors will be white. It’s another thing to show up on the world stage and see that hardly anyone in any sport looks like you.

Aside from the large contingent of Asian athletes and a smattering of Jamaican bobsledders and Tongans, the Opening Ceremonies’ Parade of Nations is as white as a von Trapp family reunion.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics...

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#3 Feb 13, 2014
Can't wait for his column about the diversity of D1 college hoops and the NBA.

“Bullsh*% Detector Enabled”

Since: Dec 08

Brooklyn, New York

#4 Feb 13, 2014
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
SOCHI, Russia — COLUMN | Don’t listen to your friends back home saying the Winter Olympics are just for white people who like the cold and vacation in Aspen. This is the most inclusive Winter Games ever. Why, there are Caucasians here from almost 88 different nations.

Bada-bing! IÂ’ll be here all week.

Actually, I will be here the next 10 days. And in that time, I will encounter no more than a dozen people of African American descent. They are the same ones I see over and over.

Speedskater Shani Davis, Lolo Jones and the U.S. womenÂ’s bobsled team, NBC correspondent Lewis Johnson and about three other black journalists, one of whom I sang backup for in a Salt-N-Pepa karaoke gig at the media dorm at 3 a.m. the other night.(I was Salt.)

Maybe itÂ’s because I lived in the District for eight years. Maybe itÂ’s because I spent my formative years in a real melting pot: rural Oahu, Hawaii, where diversity in ethnicity and culture are part of island life. Maybe IÂ’m just used to seeing and feeling comfortable being around a variety of people, many of whom donÂ’t look like me.

Whatever, this place is whiter than an episode of “Downton Abbey.”

Lawrence Murray, an intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee finishing up his masters in journalism at Southern California, ran into a fellow African American colleague the other day.

“He stopped me,” Murray said, referring to an instant level of kinship based on complexion.“He was like,‘Hey, what’s up?’ He’s the only one I’ve seen or talked to.”

When Murray got off the plane in Sochi, Russian police approached, which has to be every foreignerÂ’s nightmare. Except . . .

“They wanted to take a picture of me,” Murray said.“First, one guy would take a picture. Then his friend wanted one, then another guy. That was my welcome to Sochi. My travel partner said,‘They probably think you look like Shani Davis.’”


So?

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#5 Feb 13, 2014
Black Rhino wrote:
<quoted text>
So?
You obviously care enough to opine, boy. You mad about no homeboys in Sochi?
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 13, 2014
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
SOCHI, Russia — COLUMN | Don’t listen to your friends back home saying the Winter Olympics are just for white people who like the cold and vacation in Aspen. This is the most inclusive Winter Games ever. Why, there are Caucasians here from almost 88 different nations.
Bada-bing! I’ll be here all week.
Actually, I will be here the next 10 days. And in that time, I will encounter no more than a dozen people of African American descent. They are the same ones I see over and over.
Speedskater Shani Davis, Lolo Jones and the U.S. women’s bobsled team, NBC correspondent Lewis Johnson and about three other black journalists, one of whom I sang backup for in a Salt-N-Pepa karaoke gig at the media dorm at 3 a.m. the other night.(I was Salt.)
Maybe it’s because I lived in the District for eight years. Maybe it’s because I spent my formative years in a real melting pot: rural Oahu, Hawaii, where diversity in ethnicity and culture are part of island life. Maybe I’m just used to seeing and feeling comfortable being around a variety of people, many of whom don’t look like me.
Whatever, this place is whiter than an episode of “Downton Abbey.”
Lawrence Murray, an intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee finishing up his masters in journalism at Southern California, ran into a fellow African American colleague the other day.
“He stopped me,” Murray said, referring to an instant level of kinship based on complexion.“He was like,‘Hey, what’s up?’ He’s the only one I’ve seen or talked to.”
When Murray got off the plane in Sochi, Russian police approached, which has to be every foreigner’s nightmare. Except .&#8201;.&#8201;.
“They wanted to take a picture of me,” Murray said.“First, one guy would take a picture. Then his friend wanted one, then another guy. That was my welcome to Sochi. My travel partner said,‘They probably think you look like Shani Davis.’”
Wipe your nose and dry your tears and try to get over it.

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#7 Feb 13, 2014
Big Johnson wrote:
<quoted text>
Wipe your nose and dry your tears and try to get over it.
I presume you're addressing the Washington Post columnist, wee man. That was a bucket of tears he cried about blacks not playing winter sports. Maybe polar bear hunting could be added for 2018. They could use you as the quarry.
race pimp

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 13, 2014
Black sport is black on black violence. Winter sport is Chicongo gunplay. Now in Camden, black sport is carjacking. And in Baltimore it is plexiglass wrestling where the object is to crass through 3" thick plexiglass panels which separate the vibrancies from the distilled and fermented spirits.
They cannot kill a Spook

Detroit, MI

#9 Feb 13, 2014
Shani Davis is black and has won gold in last Olympics and has a few races left to try this time. Long track speed skating.
Looks like one of the Russian figure skaters is part black
Duke for Mayor

Cleveland, OH

#10 Feb 13, 2014
NBA is too black...
NFL is too black....
BET is too black....
Boxing is too black.....

Time for a boycott?
They cannot kill a Spook

Detroit, MI

#11 Feb 13, 2014
Duke for Mayor wrote:
NBA is too black...
NFL is too black....
BET is too black....
Boxing is too black.....
Time for a boycott?
Don't have cable so most boxing and all BET is off my list

“Bullsh*% Detector Enabled”

Since: Dec 08

Brooklyn, New York

#12 Feb 14, 2014
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
<quoted text>You obviously care enough to opine, boy. You mad about no homeboys in Sochi?
Amazing. Winter Olympics are dominated by whites. So what? They always have been. This is news???

Pathetic.

“Bullsh*% Detector Enabled”

Since: Dec 08

Brooklyn, New York

#13 Feb 14, 2014
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
<quoted text>Don't have cable so most boxing and all BET is off my list
I would think rational thought didn't make your list either.
race pimp

Columbus, OH

#14 Feb 14, 2014
Black Rhino wrote:
<quoted text>
Amazing. Winter Olympics are dominated by whites. So what? They always have been. This is news???
Pathetic.
You are stinking up our boards because of...?

“Bullsh*% Detector Enabled”

Since: Dec 08

Brooklyn, New York

#15 Feb 14, 2014
race pimp wrote:
<quoted text>You are stinking up our boards because of...?
You are a disease.

I am the cure.
what it is

Reynoldsburg, OH

#16 Feb 14, 2014
Black Rhino wrote:
<quoted text>
So?
for real

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