Race hustler Jesse Jackson is backing up U.S. speedskater Shani Davis in his bid to portray Team USA as somehow “unfair” for determining who would be the Opening Ceremonies American flag bearer with a simple, unbiased coin flip.
Because who cares about logic anyway when you can grab a headline or two?
In a Thursday tweet that has since been made unavailable to the public, Davis wrote, “I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018.”
Not only did the speedskater throw a public social media temper tantrum, he also made things worse by boycotting the Opening Ceremonies entirely.
Speedskater Shani Davis boycotts the opening ceremony of the winter Olympics over flag bearer controversy. #Olympics2018 https://t.co/LRvwWt3xNI pic.twitter.com/adTxOpQ67M
— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) February 10, 2018
Instead, Erin Hamlin led the team.
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Beyond grateful to be a part of this team and incredibly proud to have the privilege of leading every amazing @TeamUSA athlete into that stadium tonight. Let's do this!! 🙌🏼🇺🇸💪🏼 #TeamUSA #starsandstripes #olympics @GettySport pic.twitter.com/B9bYUcgMys
— Erin Hamlin (@erinhamlin) February 9, 2018
Hamlin did a great job, but you’d have to be severely twisted to think her selection had anything to do with race, especially since it was decided by a totally random coin flip.
Unless, of course, you believe coins are racist.
Apparently coins are racist now too… https://t.co/ILJkQ8PoxN
— BD (@MrBigFingers) February 10, 2018
For his part, the “Reverend” Jackson wants a “more appropriate” system.
The choice to represent our country as #flagbearer in the @Olympics should never be determined by the flip of a coin. The Committee should immediately institute a more appropriate system to make such a significant determination. @ShaniDavis pic.twitter.com/OmR7C9o1GM
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) February 9, 2018
In other words, a system that will automatically select the black individual, apparently. What else could he mean? Plenty of Twitter users were quick to point out the absurdity of Jackson’s demand.
The flip of a coin is literally the fairest option. https://t.co/NWkzGgVfIi
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) February 10, 2018
What would you suggest, eenie, meanie, miney, mo? https://t.co/VbKoJxzwuF
— Jeffrey Voth (@Acuda4me) February 10, 2018
Devin Nunes just clarified why Trump White House won’t ‘release the memo’ from Democrats… yet
Everybody knew the rules. If it came down to a tie, there would be a coin toss. How much more fair can it get. The two finalists had a 50/50 shot of winning. Stop being a sore loser and acting like a baby. And the race hustling is despicable. Stop enabling him. https://t.co/61rIGUbJDG
— Joe (@JoeC1776) February 10, 2018
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