Irish doctor with too many thoughts, too little time and a blog that's supposed to check in on reality.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Is That It?

Just saw Shani Davis, the American winner of the men's 1000m speed skating race at the Winter Olympics being interviewed on Sky News' ABC Nightline.
The interviewer asked him how it felt to be the first African American male winner at the Winter Olympics - he said "I'm very happy".
She then siad "Is that it??"
What did she want him to say?
To break down like Halle Berry at the Oscars making his achievement into an achievement just for African Americans, not all Americans and making his win an issue of race, not talent.
He is quoted in the above news article as saying "I just want to be the best I can be, regardless if I'm black, white, Hispanic, whatever."


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