A 26-year-old American fencer took a knee during the performance of the US national anthem in Peru Friday; protesting what he describes as “racial and social injustice” throughout the United States.
“Race Imboden, 26, an American fencer who won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, knelt during the national anthem at a Pan American Games award ceremony on Friday in Lima, Peru, to protest American racial and social injustice,” reports Yahoo News.
“This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze,” posted Imboden on social media. “My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants,… and a President who spreads hate are at the top of a long list.”
We must call for change.
This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, pic.twitter.com/deCOKaHQI9
— Race Imboden (@Race_Imboden) August 10, 2019
The athlete may face disciplinary action from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the protest.
“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC,” said Mark Jones, Vice President of Communications at USOPC, in a statement on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment. Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result.”
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IS HE SERIOUS? Cuomo Says Men’s Team Should Get ‘PAID LESS’ Because Women Played ‘Better’
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo raised eyebrows across the country Wednesday during the Women’s Team Victory Parade; saying the men’s national team should get “paid less” because the female team played “better.”
“#BREAKING: I just signed new pay equity legislation at the #USWNTParade. The women’s soccer team plays the same game that the men’s soccer players play — only better. If anything, the men should get paid less. Thank you
@USWNT for helping lead this movement for change!” posted Cuomo on social media.
The women's soccer team plays the same game that the men’s soccer players play — only better. If anything, the men should get paid less.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 10, 2019
The bizarre comments come just days after Cuomo changed New York law to give Congressional Democrats access to President Trump’s tax returns.
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday that could allow lawmakers on Capitol Hill to obtain President Trump’s state tax returns, in what has been described as a ‘workaround’ after failed efforts by House Democrats to get the president’s federal returns,” reports Fox News.
“Previously, state tax returns had to remain private with an exception for law enforcement. The new bill — which could face a legal challenge in the future — adds an exception that says the state’s Commissioner of the Department of Taxation and Finance has to turn over information requested by the head of the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, or Joint Committee on Taxation,” adds Fox.
“Tax secrecy is paramount — the exception being for bonafide investigative and law enforcement purposes,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By amending the law enforcement exception in New York State tax code to include Congressional tax-related committees, this bill gives Congress the ability to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law.”
DE BLASIO ROCKED: Police Union Posts Mock ‘MISSING PERSON’ Poster After Mayor Absent During Blackout
The official Twitter account of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio this week; posting a mock ‘Missing Person’ poster after the top Democrat was notably on the campaign trail during the Manhattan blackout.
“MISSING PERSON ALERT- if seen please return to NYC, it’s the city that had a blackout, has homeless all over the streets, people being killed by bicycles, broken down public housing, & a transit system that’s a mess. Subject is on presidential campaign with plans to destroy a nation,” posted the SBA.
MISSING PERSON ALERT- if seen please return to NYC, it’s the city that had a blackout,has homeless all over the streets,people being killed by bicycles, broken down public housing,& a transit system that’s a mess. Subject is on presidential campaign with plans to destroy a nation pic.twitter.com/UbdMwXt4M7
— SBA (@SBANYPD) July 14, 2019
Unions representing Big Apple firefighters and Emergency First Responders slammed Mayor Bill De Blasio weeks ago; saying the NYC leader was playing politics by calling for “pay equality” for the Women’s Soccer Team while failing to acknowledge the problem in his own administration.
“While Mayor de Blasio uses this victory parade to grab attention for his presidential run and advocate against pay inequality, the first responders of FDNY EMS are victims of that same inequity,” said a statement from the unions.
“The difference in salaries after five years is tens of thousands of dollars,” the statement added. “The women’s national team deserves equal pay, but so do the hardworking EMTs and paramedics who save lives routinely and who the mayor has ignored.”
De Blasio spoke during New York’s victory parade honoring the US Women’s Soccer Team following their World Cup victory.
“This team has shown an undeniable truth, an inalienable right, the equality of women must be guaranteed in this nation,” de Blasio said.
The mayor was hit with a similar complaint by the NYPD union after the Democratic debate.
“History repeats itself. @BilldeBlasio said he wants to bring cops and community together. Ask any cop on the street what impact his divisive rhetoric has had #DemDebate https://twitter.com/billdeblasio/status/1144068770249531392 …,” posted the official Twitter account of the New York City Police Benevolent Association.
“We’re working hard to get guns off the street @BilldeBlasio. You must have been too busy to go to the last Compsat meeting because SHOOTINGS ARE UP 9.7%. ‘Safest Big City’ in the country doesn’t feel that way to many especially in Brooklyn,” added the PBA.