Tuesday, August 24, 2004

"I've never seen a white man run that fast.": No, this wasn't said about me concerning my reaction to "The Munsters" being released on DVD, and being sold at Best Buy. Rather, it reflects the fact that a white guy won the 400m in Athens, leading the USA to a 1-2-3 sweep of the medals (and beating his two black teammates, as well as several other black racers, including the person behind this quote). Interesting.

To make things more interesting, a white girl won the 100m sprint on Saturday, beating all comers, who were all black.

Lithuania, Puerto Rico, Italy: all whooping our ass in basketball with white, Eastern Europeans, hispanics, and latin lovers, respectively.

People are already crowing about how these victories are "shattering stereotypes". I suppose they are, but do we really need the sub-text? This isn't new ground, but imagine articles being written about how amazing it was that a black guy won a Nobel Prize in chemistry. Picture the quote from some Russian scientist: "I've never seen a black boy distill a chemical so ingeniously."

Anyway, our USA basketball losses have nothing to do with race, and everything to do with a lazy contempt for practice and the team concept. Also, the fact that they can't hit the broad side of a barn beyond ten feet might be a contributing factor.

As for the white folk winning the sprints (and not just the usual middle distances, i.e. 1500 meters): there's no answer. More importantly, there doesn't need to be a question.

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