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Anyone out there still offering the benefit of the doubt that the entire “social justice” movement is a sick scam need look no further than the petulant stunt Gwen Berry pulled Saturday at the US Olympic track and field trials.
There stood Berry, a black woman, reaching for the second time the stratosphere of American athletic achievement, and yet still lecturing about “systemic racism.”
“I feel like it was a setup, and they did it on purpose,’’ she said of the producers playing our National Anthem during the award medal ceremony. That’s right, playing the National Anthem during a Team USA event — the shock.
“I was pissed, to be honest,” she added.
Berry, who placed third in the hammer throw, turned away from the American flag during the song and placed her hands on her hips while making sophomoric faces. “I’m here to represent those . . . who died due to systemic racism,” she said after. “That’s the important part. That’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here today.”
Actually, she was there because she was given the opportunity to prove her meddle and represent her nation — a nation she apparently hates.
Conversely, if “systemic racism” were the problem Berry professes it to be, she would very much not be “here today.”
This is always the case with the social justice left. Namely, the national media, Democrats in Washington and celebrities (including celebrity athletes). And it’s true whether they’re white or black. They condemn the US as a cesspool of bigotry and racism even as their very own careers and lives see incredible fame and fortune.
New York Times columnist Charles Blow, who is black and bisexual, wrote in early June about the racism he supposedly experiences from white gays.
And yet for all of the oppression Blow claims to have endured, he is apparently doing okay. He is, in fact, thriving.
“I was even asked recently in an interview why I wasn’t more gay, or something to that effect, because people who followed me would most likely not know that I was part of the queer community,” he wrote. “I reminded my interviewer that I had written a best-selling book about my identity and that that book has been developed into an opera that will become the first opera by a Black composer to be staged at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in its history.”
No, that’s not parody. Those sentences actually appeared in print in this country’s most influential news publication. And they were written by a black, non-heterosexual man who still wants the world to see him as a victim.
It’s how “social justice” works. Its advocates insist that they’re oppressed, always on account of their race, gender, or sexual identity. And then they reap the rewards that comes with claiming such fake grievance.
Berry will go to Tokyo to represent the United States, have the chance to win a gold medal. And if that happens, they’ll play the National Anthem again — and Berry will likely disrespect it again.
Why doesn’t she compete for another country? There are plenty of nations that take freelance Olympians for a chance at glory.
Because she doesn’t want to. She wants to take all the opportunities the United States gives her, and pretend like it happened despite of, not because of, where she was born. Why? Because it’s all about her.
It’s all a con and Berry is just the latest example of it.
Eddie Scarry is the author of “Privileged Victims: How America’s Culture Fascists Hijacked the Country and Elevated Its Worst People.”
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