It would seem to make sense to have the most decorated Olympian of all time carry the U.S. flag at the opening ceremonies in the Olympics. And in “most decorated,” we don’t mean Caitlyn Jenner with earrings. We mean Michael Phelps.Apparently his teammates felt the same way, as he was elected by them to carry the flag.
“It feels so right,” Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin said, according to Western Journalism, “to have the most decorated Olympian of all time being our flag bearer and leading us. And outside of the pool someone who has overcome so much internally and externally and shared that with everyone.”
But none of that matters to liberals who worship at the altar of political correctness and never overlook a chance to politicize ANYTHING.Prior to the competition’s start, multiple news outlets ran editorials demanding Phelps give up his honor to the runner-up, Ibtihaj Muhammad, an African American Muslim woman famous for wearing her hijab during her fencing matches, Muhammad has also been outspoken against Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. “When you incite hateful speech and rhetoric like that, the people who say it never think about the repercussions and how that affects Muslims,” she told Time.
Kamau Bell, in op-ed for CNN addressed to Phelps, argued Muhammad, as a Muslim, would be a better choice than Phelps, a “tall, successful, rich white guy.
“Muhammad carrying the flag would be much bigger than your one moment,” Bell writes. “It would be a symbol for our country in this moment when we are mostly known for one of the most contentious, controversial, scandal-ridden, hateful, xenophobic, jingoistic, and just generally unlikeable presidential elections in recent memory. This is at a time when we could use some more symbols of unity and togetherness.”“Your stepping back will allow this moment to become something bigger than just another opening ceremony. No offense, but right now America has enough tall, successful, rich white guys hogging the spotlight trying to make America great … again,” he added.
The Guardian, too, published a piece arguing Muhammad would have been a far superior choice than Phelps.
“In any other Olympics, in any other year, Phelps would have been the perfect choice … But this is not any other Olympics in any other year. This is an Olympics where the world needs to see what the U.S. truly stands for. Is it the country of which Trump speaks, one terrified of a veil on a woman’s head? Or is it the land where any child believes they can be something big regardless of race, class or religion?”Didn’t we already cover that with back-to-back elections for Barack Hussein Obama? And can’t we once, just once, celebrate outstanding athletic achievement without having to worry about inclusiveness? Heck, Olympic champions are by nature a teeny, tiny minority of the population to begin with. His teammates voted for him. He’s an amazing American, and that should be all that matters.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]