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Olympic Silver Medalist Raven Saunders Protests With “X”


Raven Saunders, Olympic shot-putter and silver medal winner, is now being probed by the International Olympic Committee for breaking Rule 50 which bans all medal ceremony protests after raising their hands in an “X”. 

With the Tokyo Olympics in full swing, this rule was made to make sure Colonized athletes do not make any form of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda”. 

But is this rule really about making sure “racial propaganda” isn’t broadcasted worldwide to see? Of course not. 

We’ve already seen how the Olympics has banned natural hair swim caps, swim caps primarily worn by African and Afro-Indigenous Colonized people.

We’ve even seen them ban the fastest woman in the united snakes from competing in the Olympics over…a plant. 

Sha'Carri Richardson, fastest runner in the u.$. who was banned over weed
Sha’Carri Richardson, fastest runner in the u.$. who was banned over weed

So we know this rule was just targeted at Colonized athletes in order to silence the oppression, violence and suffering that all Colonized people worldwide go through. 

That hasn’t stopped Colonized athletes from winning and coming first at the white man’s games. 

Saunders has proved this coming second only to Chinese Olympic veteran Gong Lijao who beat Saunders by a close .79 meters! 

Raven Saunders mid-put wearing a Hulk mask
Raven Saunders mid-put wearing a Hulk mask

Winning the silver medal for shot put, they explained that the X represented the intersection for all oppressed people to meet. But we know the theory of intersectionality will get us nowhere in the fight for Colonized people to take dictatorship over their lives, labor, land and resources. 

The broken theory of intersectionality
The broken theory of intersectionality

Black Hammer has been calling the Olympics out and Colonized athletes participating in the games have always called the injustice of the colonial world out as well. 

1968 Olympics: Tommie Smith (centre) and John Carlos (right) with fists raised on the podium in Mexico City
1968 Olympics: Tommie Smith (centre) and John Carlos (right) with fists raised on the podium in Mexico City

We mourn with Saunders after the passing of their mother who was thankfully able to watch their child on the screen and support beforehand.

It’s about time we all unite as Colonized people against the system that we’ve been protesting against for over 600 years—the system of colonialism and its symptoms of imperialism and capitalism.

So join us and stop the years of suffering that Colonized people have gone through and continue to go through. We can have our own Olympic competitions. Without the bullsh*t rules.

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