k yes I am white and yes this is going to offend some people but honestly its basically racist.
Asians are smart, lean, stealthy. Given the gift of spirit.
I’m Asian, 6 feet tall, maybe 225 lbs? Shape is roughly elephantoid.
If I am one thing, I am not lean or stealthy. I’ll take smart, but fuck the idea that Asians are so “smart,” so good at math, y’know? All that model minority shit.
This is some pretty offensive shit, and it’s ridiculous. It’s all wrapped up in the most stupid, outdated, racial essentialism.
And seriously though, Spirit? What the fuck could that even mean?
And while such sexism and racism is relatively predictable from the tabloid press and bitter US coaches, the more liberal media and all kinds of “sports scientists“ came out publicly raising their well-educated eyebrows over Ye’s performance and analysing her race down to her last stroke. I can guarantee you that Ledecky’s swim will not come under anywhere near the level of scrutiny as Ye’s. Of course, I have no idea whether either of them are on drugs. Both their tests have come up negative but it’s possible that they might still be found positive in years to come as technologies catch up with each other. But I’m no more suspicious of Ye than I am of Ledecky, or of any Olympic athlete for that matter. And whatever happens from here, the level of quasi-scientific objectification of Ye’s body and performance that has already taken place (overwhelmingly by white men), is overtly reminiscent of an Orientalism that has formed the basis for shameful histories of sexual violence and racism.
Unable to offer any actual evidence that Ye was doping, media attention turned to her training regime. Whereas sports enthusiasts generally pride themselves on how hard “their” athletes train and how much they want to win it “for team GB/Australia/ team USA/insert country here,” the Internet was suddenly full of scathing attacks on what, having never been to China and having no understanding of Chinese culture, they assumed Ye’s tortuous training regime and nationalist indoctrination to be. Images from a Chinese article about unhappy children at gymnastic training camps were taken out of context by western journalists to prove how heinous and inhumane the “brutal training camps“ of China really are. Whereas identifying sporting potential at an early age and receiving a sport scholarship to live and train at a specialist institute is held in the highest prestige in Australia, the US, and other western countries, the same practices in China were deemed barbaric, heartless, and reflective of China’s vicious one-party “totalitarian” regime.
Now, I don’t have room here to go into the details of the Chinese political system and the life chances or “happiness levels” of an average Chinese citizen compared to citizens of multi-party western states. But no one reacted to Michael Phelps’ highly anomalous 17 Olympic gold medals by opening up a debate about the various problems of the US political system and the desperate measures that US athletes go to in the hope of Olympic glory. And at any rate, anyone who thinks human rights violations and standards of living are significantly worse in China than they are in, for example, the US, needs to have a critical think about the criteria they are using to make those judgements. None of this is to say that they aren’t massive problems with the Chinese state but, ultimately, it has to be asked why it is that when a young Chinese woman wins an event in a white-dominated sport, white men the world over feel both the need and entitlement to prove that she must have either been cheating or that she’s subject to a tortuous training regime unthinkable in the liberated west. So, true to every bad Hollywood movie you have ever watched featuring an Asian woman, she must either be a villain or a victim. In actual fact, Ye Shiwen is the hero in this story, and it’s about time we let her have the credit she deserves for playing that role in these Olympics."
The only thing I’m going to say about Sarah Keenan’s right-on breakdown of the racism and sexism on full, waving display against Ye Shiwen is:
Two promotional posters for the indigenous documentary Games of the North, which, to quote the director;
follows the lives of four Native Alaskan athletes as they compete in the traditional sports of their ancestors. Mental strength and physical endurance are tested with contests of high kicking to seal hopping.
But such games are more than sport—they instill a survival instinct for living in the Arctic, building perseverance, strength and Alaska Native values. The film’s footage showcases the diverse Alaskan landscape and its peoples. Games gives viewers a first-hand glimpse of the environmental changes in the Arctic – and the effect these changes have on the traditional peoples. While filming, Stanton said, “In Point Hope, after the ice left, I remember feeling a loss. There was definitely a presence that was missing.”
“The sea ice here has been changing for the past 15 years but there was nobody to listen to us, recounted “Big Bob” Aiken, Native Games Coach and World Record Holder. “When they finally come around to listening, you know it’s a little late.”
“I feel the games are more important now, especially for the hunters who depend on the ice for survival, ‘cause of how quickly things are changing out there. It’s important to be aware of yourself and your surroundings and the games build that,” said World Champion David Thomas.
this is such an influential pictures in black history, and all i can think about is how awkward that white guy must have felt.
Not awkward at all; if you look closely he’s actually wearing a Black Power badge that Smith and Carlos gave him, he fully supported them
Muhammad Ali Walking with Twin DaughtersOriginal caption: World heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali holds the hands of his twin daughters Jamalliah and Rahshoda, 4, as his daughter Miriam, 7, runs alongside at his training car here August 12th. The “Sonny Liston” painted on the rock is just one of those painted with the names of previous heavyweight champs at the camp. IMAGE:
August 13, 1975