You can’t deny the many levels of white male privilege displayed throughout the Olympics. If you cannot see any of it, you’re a part of the problem.
Although white male privilege is just a small fraction of the problem we as a society face, we can’t help but point out the obvious problem observed by the whole world, while watching the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. We ALSO can’t help but recognize the hypocrisy along with it.
There are 3 incidents that stick out for me, which highlights the dominance of superiority for white males in this country.
When Gabby Douglas was on the podium and didn’t place her hand over her heart, social media dragged her until the poor lady couldn’t take it anymore and cried to her mother! Even after she apologized, folks STILL criticized her. They also criticized her for not applauding one of her teammates when she took top score during one of their competitions.
When the shot put gold and silver medalists, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs of Team USA, didn’t place their hand over their heart we’ve heard crickets!
Gabby getting caught up in such a special moment was the perfect opportunity for society to shame a black woman for supposedly depicting what society perceives black women PERIOD!
Let’s not forget that the perception of black women is that we’re “mean”, “bitchy”, or have “attitudes”. Because Gabby emote in a more calmly and serious manner, compared to her bubbly teammate, Simone Biles, she’s been dubbed Crabby Gabby. According to critics, Gabby is not supposed to let a lifetime opportunity such as the Olympics affect her in ANY way, except to stay bubbly at all times! Forget that these games could get overwhelming, nerve-racking, and tense for ANY athlete who has worked their whole lives to get to that Olympic moment! I want to see these critics do what she does while the world watches!
Speaking of black women, particularly in the Olympics, let not forget the disrespectful headline made by this news source. As you can see, they’ve clearly disregarded swimmer Simone Manuel’s accomplishment; making history as the first African-American woman to win gold in 100-meter. They emphasize Michael Phelps as if he is the only dominant Olympic swimmer, and the crazy part is that he’s not even in the image.
Now let’s get to the doozy, that is Ryan Lochte, his teammates, and the made up robbery story, which landed him in hot water.
By now, you’ve probably heard of Lochte’s fabricated story of getting robbed at gunpoint, to cover up the brawl and vandalism that occurred at a local gas station in Rio. There have been many lunch table debates to whether or not Lochte and his teammates should be held accountable. Read more about it here.
According to The Huffington Post, Mario Andrada, a spokesman for Rio 2016, says the team should be absolved of their wrongdoing.
“Let’s give these kids a break. Sometimes, you take actions that you later regret. They are magnificent athletes. Lochte is one of the best swimmers of all time. They had fun, They made a mistake. It’s part of life. Life goes on. Let’s go.”
Let this had been some of Team USA Basketball, and this statement probably would have went in a whole different direction!
Let me point out that Lochte is not a “kid”, nor are his teammates. Lochte is a grown ass man who knew exactly what he was doing and what he was trying to cover up!
White male privilege has allowed 32-year-old Lochte to piss on someone’s floor, break their door down, and walk away freely with the plan to bounce from Rio before shit hits the fan!
While critics jump on Gabby, a 20-year-old, about an “attitude” problem, Lochte and his team were just “kids having fun”.
GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!!!!!
I have no doubt that if Team USA swimmers were a few black dudes, the headlines would be read totally different.
All of this is what white male privilege looks like.
We get called out as causing racial division when we acknowledge the problem with race and become vocal about it. The fact is, as long as people like Andrada and critics continue to heighten what it is we’re trying to fix, the division will always be an issue in this country. We HAVE to point out the obvious to get our point across to people who chooses to ignore it!