There are those who would joke that it's no surprise that the French are good at running. But humor aside, it is great to see Christophe Lemaitre win the gold medal in the
Usually, when White athletes do well, much is made of their superior training and mental attitude, with the implication being that Blacks are still physically superior and will ultimately dominate when they have overcome these setbacks which, it is further implied, are in some way a legacy of 'racism.' It was interesting therefore to hear the comments of the man Lemaitre beat into the second place, the Black British sprinter, Dwain Chambers.
"He has so many advantages with his height and those long legs that keep striding past me...he is like an antelope."
As the first White man to break the 10-second barrier, Lemaitre is a genuine threat to Black dominance at next year's Olympics. His game plan seems to be test himself against Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell in the world championships in September, before deciding whether to focus on either the 100 or
Western societies try extremely hard to be 'inclusivist' of their minorities, with sport playing a vital role in giving Blacks a high social profile they can not get elsewhere. Inevitably, this need for the social inclusion of Blacks and their inclusion in those sectors that can best accommodate them leads to an equivalent exclusion of others through various subtle forms of racism. This results in a partial caste system that is justified by the myth of Black sporting prowess. The more the myth is believed the closer it comes to mirroring reality, as talented White kids get turned off sport. The fact that Black kids mature more quickly is also an important factor.
Interestingly, Lemaitre grew up in a village near the
The rise of Lemaitre is not just a sporting phenomenon. It is also a political opportunity, a chance to expose the myths, lies, and racism that enforce the sporting caste system.
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