Liberal “Undefeated” scribe William Rhoden 前記 オン “今朝のCBS” that he had enjoyed covering the Olympics during his long career but felt differently in 2021.
“I love the opening ceremonies, march of countries. Then I realized, ええと, おとこ, particularly after these last four years, I had it wrong. Nationalism is not good. We’ve seen the rise of white nationalism. Nationalism is not good,” he said in a clip flagged by NewsBusters. “そしてまた, this whole idea — I keep thinking back on the Capitol riots, and I saw a lot of, ええと, 我ら. flags.”
“So now when I see the flag and the flag raised, what — what America am I living in? ええと, are the ones that don’t think, ええと, we should be here?” 彼は続けた, referring to him and other African Americans.
It was unclear if Rhoden was suggesting some of Team USA’s Olympic delegation may secretly harbor racist views.
Rhoden also said the American basketball team’s struggles – it lost 83-76 to France on Sunday to jeopardize its gold medal ambitions – were rightfully humbling for the team and country as a whole.
“I think we should be humbled. ええと, というのは, this whole last year in this country — it’s about entitlement and privilege. Nobody epitomizes that more than basketball,” 彼は言った, adding he still felt the team would win gold.
He later said the Olympics “should be a time of soul searching and winning sometimes is antithetic to soul searching” and felt the Games should have been canceled because of a resurgence of コロナウイルス ケース.
Liberal writers expressing discomfort with the American flag is nothing new this year. Left-wing New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay said she found the presence of American flags during a visit to Long Island this year “邪魔,” and her newspaper declared the flag a divisive symbol.