no, no, no, no.
OP, what universe do you live in where you would EVER, for half a SECOND, think what ferlito said was okay?!
let me give you a history lesson, OP. simone is a black woman living in the US, a country that was founded on oppression. black women built this country on their backs. black women were beaten, enslaved, raped, killed, tortured simply for existing. black women had children and had to watch those children experience the same racism they did. black women’s voices were silenced, repeatedly. black women weren’t allowed to vote. black women counted as less than a person - simply for being black women. black women were held down from the minute they got to this country, and this was seen as right.
and they are still being held down. they are survivors of institutionalized racism, constructs that seek to keep them at the bottom of the totem pole, sexism, hatred. they are misrepresented, or not represented at all. they are judged, to this day, for the color of their skin, for the way they do or don’t speak, for the way they act, for the way they portray themselves. inherent parts of their culture - a culture that has survived years of oppression - are mocked, sexualized, trivialized on a daily basis. their voices are still stifled, or are twisted to fit the bill of the “angry black woman”. and still they prevail.
simone biles is a sixteen year old girl who has undoubtedly had to face this reality every day of her life. simone is a black girl living in a white girl’s sport, where even coaches of the biggest teams associate her skin with power and brutality and white skin with grace and elegance. simone is a girl living in an age where white girls think it’s okay to call a black girl their slave. simone has overcome so much just by being a black woman in this country, and will overcome so much by persevering through the injustice.
through all this adversity, simone has flourished. she has silenced her naysayers and has not let those obstacles stop her from climbing to the top of the podium - and picking up a few other medals on her way. she has proved to women of color everywhere that it is possible to win in this sport that is so heavily skewed against us. she has proven that determination, dedication, and drive can make what seems to be impossible a tangible goal - all while being a black woman.
so don’t you dare sit there and say that what carlotta says was okay. don’t you dare just say that it ‘MAY have been rude’ and that ‘she’s got a point’. there were a million different ways she could have expressed the sentiment that ferrari should have medaled - and she chose racism. don’t sit there behind a computer screen and defend racism. don’t you dare disrespect simone that way.
simone has had every card working against her as a black woman in this country, and in this world. and yet she has decided to play by her own rules - to overcome those adversities and to be BOTH a champion AND a strong black woman. don’t you dare erase that achievement by standing by carlotta’s words. having a black face has never been associated with winning in this country, or in this sport - having a black face has brought obstacles upon obstacles and is seen as a setback rather than a way to move forward, which is so inherently wrong it’s unbelievable. don’t you dare stand up for a girl who thinks she can erase all that inequality, all those years of sacrifice and oppression, and wear simone’s skin color to get to the top.
what really got simone onto those podiums was her fighting spirit, her resilience, her talent, her dedication, all those hours spent in the gym and then some - not her skin color. she is a woman of color, she is a black woman, she is strong and courageous and beautiful and she is a champion. don’t you ever try to lessen that or take it away from her by standing on the side of the oppressor.
I think you are completely wrong because you make it sound like Simone deserves more recognition for being black and that to me seems just as racist. She is just a girl who, like every other elite, worked her ass of for years and became an amazing athlete, whether you approve of her style or not. Thinking that Ferlito’s comment was about racism is thinking to much of it, they were just really bad losers trying to find a way to justify their inferior performance that day.