Race Imboden, an American who medaled in fencing at the Pan American Games, took a knee during the national anthem to protest what he perceives to be systematic racial and social injustice.
Imboden posted a picture of him kneeling on the podium on Twitter, writing “We must call for change. This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate”:
We must call for change.
This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, pic.twitter.com/deCOKaHQI9
— Race Imboden (@Race_Imboden) August 10, 2019
As he expressed his shame in his country, Imboden was pictured kneeling between the team from Brazil, one of the most homicidal countries in the world, and the team from Canada, which has doubled its supply of illegal immigration to the United States in the last fiscal year.
“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC,” Mark Jones, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) spokesman said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.
His claims are not only flawed, they are offensive to the other countries in the competition that have their citizens risking their lives to illegally immigrate to the United States. Additionally, disrespecting the country he goes to represent on a global stage completely discounts the reason we go there to compete anyway. We go there to show pride in our country and display our dominance. It should be the policy that any US Olympic competitor who does this will be removed from competition immediately and kicked off of the Team.