Before her recent debut as an “Activist Athlete,” Saluki Gwendolyn Berry trained relentlessly toward reaching the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, to represent America.
Five years later, Berry’s platform on the world stage seeks to condemn America for past sins, which didn’t always appear to be the case with the Olympic athlete.
The website’s description of Berry frequently alludes to a pride for country, while the picture of Gwen hoisting the American flag with a smile appears to support the sentiment.
Listening to her platform today, Gwen Berry now promotes any tribute to America as a problematic position supporting oppression. With the change in messaging, outlets have called Berry out for becoming more of a trending topic than an athlete with an authentic message.
Berry told Fox News, “I never said that I hated the country. I never said that. All I said was I respect my people enough to not stand for or acknowledge something that disrespects them. I love my people. Point blank, period.”
By becoming the latest “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything” athlete, Berry appears to have understood the upside of denouncing her nation as the media’s coverage avoids headlines that denounce her quick turn from patriotism to posturing.
Berry’s website description ends:
“With countless hours of training and determination, Berry will surely succeed at her dream of representing her country at the 2016 Summer Olympics.”