President Obama, Shame on You….

10 Aug


Russia is set to host the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi in six months time amidst growing concerns over its record on human rights abuses against the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.

President Obama said in an interview on Friday the he ‘did not think it was appropriate for the U.S. to boycott the Winter Games’.  He went on to say, ‘Nobody’s more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia’ (Apart from the 14.3m LGBT people currently living in fear of persecution in Russia perhaps?).

He continued; ‘One of the things I’m really looking forward to is maybe some of the gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold, silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes we are seeing over there’.

At the 1936 Olympic Games an athlete named Jesse Owens competed under similar circumstances.  He was an African-American and as such looked upon by Adolph Hitler as an ‘inferior species’.  Jesse won four gold medals which, according to your logic Mr. President, will ‘go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes we are seeing over there’.  As it happened it made no difference to the attitudes of the German Autocracy, nor did it make a huge impact in America where, after years of peaceful protest under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King (who would doubtless today have been considered a ‘terrorist’ ), in 1964 the Civil Rights Act was passed, a mere 28 years later……

As a Black African-American you cannot have missed the hypocrisy of your stance on the Sochi Games and if you think that a few LGBT athletes brining home a medal or two will make any difference, just look at your own history.

And just one last thought; if any LGBT athletes do win gold, they’ll probably keep their sexuality to themselves for fear of loosing a lucrative sponsorship deal.

‘How little has changed……’



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