Simone Manuel on police brutality: “This win hopefully brings hope and change”


Hard work, perseverance, and a dash of that all powerful #BlackGirlMagic assisted American competitor, Simone Manuel, in becoming the first female African-American swimmer god to ever win an individual Olympic event.  

On Thursday, the 20-year-old Houston, TX bred athlete took home gold after tying in the 100-meter freestyle final with Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. 

After breaking an Olympic record by finishing her race in 52.70 seconds, an overjoyed and teary-eyed Simone hopped out of the pool and spoke on the cultural significance of her W in light of the tragedies currently plaguing the black community. 

“I’m just so blessed to have a gold medal,” she began. “This medal is not just for me. It’s for a whole bunch of people who came before me and have been an inspiration to me…It’s for all the people after me who believe they can’t do it, and I just want to be an inspiration to others that can do it.”


The muscle-bound beauty then went on to reveal that she hopes her gold medal performance can serve as a catalyst for change in a world riddled with social injustices such as police brutality and racial hate..


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“It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” Simone added. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on in the world. I went out there and swam as fast as I could, and my color just comes with the territory.”



In the same vein, the Olympian also touched on her reluctance to be identified as “the black swimmer.”


“It is something I’ve definitely struggled with a lot. Coming into the race, I tried to take the weight of the black community off my shoulders. It’s something I carry with me,” she said. “I want to be an inspiration, but I would like there to be a day when it is not ‘Simone the black swimmer.’ The title of black swimmer suggests that I am not supposed to win golds or break records, but that’s not true because I train hard and want to win just like everyone else.”


Unfortunately for Americans, NBC failed to air Simone’s emotional medal ceremony until about an hour after it happened in real time…AGGY! 


We have it here and you can peep below..



By : Asia Grace 

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