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The answer to the “why” is a simple one. Of the 18 women that make up Team USA’s soccer roster, only two of them are Black. Of the 12 women on the basketball team, 9 of them are Black. The team is also coached by Dawn Staley, who is the first Black woman to ever coach Team USA’s women’s senior team.

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America finding ways to not support successful Black female athletes — and Black women in general — isn’t anything new, as it’s been dominating the headlines. We’ve already seen how people were more upset with Gwen Berry, a two-time Olympian hammer-thrower, a few weeks ago for turning away from the American flag on the podium during the national anthem than they were with the terrorists that stormed the Capitol on January 6. Simone Biles – arguably the greatest gymnast of all time – got penalized for being better than her competition after doing the Yurchenko double pike in May, leading to the judges only giving her a score of 6.6.

“I feel like now we just have to get what we get because there’s no point in putting up a fight because they’re not going to reward it,” she told The New York Times. “So we just have to take it and be quiet.”

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Sha’Carri Richardson’s final hopes for going to Tokyo were crushed on Tuesday when USA Track and Field left her off the 4x100 relay team, even though she would have been eligible after serving a 30-day suspension for weed that disqualified her from the 100m dash. And the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is reconsidering the ban they put on swimming caps for natural Black hair for the Tokyo games after all the criticism it received for the decision that was racist at best, and despicable at worst, for a move that specifically targeted Black women.

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It’s no wonder why Black women are turning down opportunities that are beneath them. Hi, Nikole Hannah-Jones.

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Since it’s become clear that the Olympics are still going to happen in a place that’s about to declare a state of emergency due to COVID-19, we might as well prepare to “unite as a country” and cheer on our athletes in sports we often forget about. But, while that’s happening, take notice of how one team won’t be getting anywhere close to the attention that it deserves. Because while our women’s basketball team doesn’t have a roster full of women with blonde hair and blue eyes, they’re still representing the red, white, and blue, and consistently bring home the only color that matters… gold.