Thursday night, Simone Manuel made a historic achievement by became the first African-American swimmer to win an individual competition Olympic gold medal.
That isn’t my phrasing. That’s the official phrasing of the United States Olympic Commission on its website.
Simone Manuel is 20 years old. She shares an Olympic record in the 100 meter freestyle.
She is an Olympic gold medal winner at 20 years of age!
And what do we see? What questions does she get?
They are all about color. And not the color of the medal.
Everyone wants to know how she feels, because she’s black.
Simone Manuel didn’t win the Black Medal. She won the Gold Medal.
The unavoidable inferences are these:
- Simone Manuel’s own achievement — a huge achievement, an Olympic gold!!! – means nothing.
- Her achievement, if not her own personal value, has meaning only in the context of her skin color. That is, only her skin color which matters. She doesn’t matter at all.
Under this mindset, Simone Manuel has no significance as a person, and her achievements have no significance, except through the warped and narcissistic prism of liberal white guilt in which liberal whites have several, venal objectives:
- The objectification of Simone Manuel. Yes, they see her, treat her, as an object, nothing more.
- To be recognized for their own moral superiority. Their real message is, “Hey! Isn’t it great that we are talking about this first African-American gold medalist?! Aren’t we great people?!” Note the pronoun “we.”
- To subordinate individual achievement, no matter how great – and particularly if it’s great – to their own
These self-styled liberals have one credo: It’s all about them.
I cannot think of a greater way to denigrate any great young achiever. This is shameful. This is disgusting.
Because these smug, spiteful, hateful liberals cannot stand that Simone Manuel has a mammoth individual achievement for anyone under equal standards that can never be questioned. Under measurements that don’t come with the asterisk that diminished Roger Maris’ 61 home run single-season record, for example.
Simone Manuel never has to rely on these liberal hucksters for validation of her success. They can’t stand the fact she’s escaped the prison of their monopoly on popular admiration, of validation of achievement.
They can’t stand the fact that Simone Manuel doesn’t need them anymore.
Simone Manuel has a tremendous retort now to all her detractors – and anyone who achieves a lot, has detractors, believe me. For the rest of her life, she can say:
“Hey? See this? (Holds up gold medal.) Bright enough for you?”
Simone Manuel deserves our praise, our admiration . . . and today, our apologies.