Gold medal fencer takes a knee at Pan American games

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Gwen Berry and Race Imboden are almost sure to be disciplined for their protests on the medals stand at the Pan American Games. Berry raised her fist during the Star-Spangled Banner after winning gold in the hammer throw.

It’s not Tommie Smith and John Carlos but we are in a different century and this should make one proud to be an American.

A U.S. Olympic fencing medalist took a knee on the podium during the national anthem at the Pan American Games to protest “racism” and “a president who spreads hate.” Race Imboden, a member of the men’s foil team that had just clinched a gold medal, was shown in photos from the event in Lima, Peru kneeling and looking solemnly at the ground as his teammates stood for the anthem. “We must call for change,” he wrote in a post on Twitter explaining the move. “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, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list,” he wrote.

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I was a fencer in college and for quite a few years beyond that. It’s one of the few sports that pays more than lip service to honor. It’s also one of the few sports that acknowledges that its original purpose was to kill your opponent.