New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke out against the International Olympic Committee’s suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson on Friday as a “racist” policy.
“The criminalization and banning of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athletes penalized for cannabis use. This ruling along w/ IOC denial of swim caps for natural hair is deeply troubling.”
No one seems to be sure what marijuana use has anything to do with swim caps – or racism for that matter – but AOC again plays the race card when it fits her narrative.
Yes, it’s a sad day for America when the nation’s top female sprinter is suspended from the Olympics over testing positive for THC, the psychoactive chemical commonly found in marijuana. Richardson even admitted to the usage in order “to cope with the loss” of losing her mother the week before the race.
However sad the situation is that the rules are clear. Using THC will get you suspended, even when it’s for recreational use rather than to enhance performance. Richardson knew what she had done even before her record-setting race. The test results would have been no surprise to the sprinter — who admitted and apologized for her actions.
But Ocasio-Cortez can’t seem to handle facts. It’s not a rule from her perspective; it’s racism. Why? Apparently because cannabis is okay in her sight.
It’s a good thing AOC isn’t making the rules for the Olympics. We could be in for some big trouble if anything goes. We’re already in the first Olympic Games where a biological male will compete against women in weightlifting. Then again, AOC and the rest of her squad see no problem with any of this.
To Richardson’s credit, she took responsibility for breaking the rules, admitted to it, and is not complaining about her suspension. Maybe she should run for office since AOC and some others on the left apparently can’t handle such reasonability without blaming it on race or even colonialism.
But it didn’t matter what race Richardson was. Rules are rules in this case, regardless of other factors.
The same should be true elsewhere. We can’t blame racism for the times we get in trouble for something wrong that is done. The lack of accepting responsibility can be found as a key problem in many areas of our society and government.
You can fully expect Richardson to come back to compete another day. Why? She is responsible for her actions. Even when wrong, she admitted it, will go back to working hard, and will likely be on the track once again.
AOC, on the other hand, may not make it through the midterm elections. When you build your platform on blaming others, you’re not leading. America has plenty of people willing to point the finger at someone else. It needs more governing leaders willing to take responsibility for the nation’s issues and work to improve them.