You may win all gold medals during the Olympics, become an absolute world champion, the pride of the country and an example to follow, but the fact that you’re a woman - despite all these- levels down all your achievements and gives an unlimited scope for discrimination.
So, there were two ways in which communities racially-segregated pools at the time. One was through official segregation, and so police officers and city officials would prevent black Americans from entering pools that had been earmarked for whites. The other way of segregating pools was through violence.
And so, a city like Pittsburgh, it did not pass an official policy of racial segregation at its pools. But rather, the police and the city officials allowed, and in some cases encouraged, white swimmers to literally beat black swimmers out of the water, as a means of segregating pools, as a means of intimidating them from trying to access pools.
And now Simone Manuel is the first African-American woman to win a medal in an individual swimming event. And that medal is gold.
This is huge deal… The stigma that black people cant swim, or black women don’t want to get their hair wet. And now a Black Woman is the FASTEST SWIMMER IN THE WORLD!
This is awesome.
USA becomes the first country in Olympics history to sweep podium positions in 100m women’s hurdles. It’s also the first sweep for women’s USA track and field team and sixth athletics sweep by a nation in Olympic history.
Congratulations to Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman and Lauren Hernandez of the United States for winning the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team Final for the 2016 Rio Olympics!