An opinion writer for FOX news writes, "One USOC official this week expressed pride about taking the most diverse U.S. squad ever to the Winter Olympics. That was followed by a frankly embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians and openly gay athletes are on this year’s U.S. team." Not that I think diversity is a bad thing, but shouldn't Olympians be chosen on the basis of innate skill and talent rather than because of the thinking that everyone deserves a chance, and besides, white people suck?
One answer comes from Jason Thompson, the USOC’s director of diversity and inclusion who is upset that this year's team is still overwhelmingly white. In a Washington Post interview he bemoaned the fact that, “We’re not quite where we want to be. I think full-on inclusion has always been a priority of Team USA. I think everybody’s always felt it should represent every American.”
Okay then, if we're going for "full-on inclusion," so be it! Following are several groups of Americans blatantly missing from this year's games, and if you ask me it's downright insulting to millions of Americans, like these:
The Obese: The vast majority of American adults are overweight or obese, and weight is a growing problem among our children. (Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation)
Drug Addicts: Approximately 21.5 million Americans battled substance abuse in 2014, and it's gotten far worse since then. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health)
The Homeless: Nearly 554,000 Americans were homeless as of January 2017, with more reaching that status daily. (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Old People: More than 15% of America's population is over 65. (U.S. Census Bureau)
The Clumsy: No statistics available but stop by any dance club and see for yourself.
I for one look forward to the day when we have an Olympic team that really represents every American, including the fat, drooling, glassy-eyed, malnourished, unclean and destitute klutzes we see on our streets every day. That would surely make us proud.