There’s nothing like the Olympics to bring out the jingoism and racism in some people - like some people who post at the Fox Nation. Its readers have gotten quite exercised over a post about Leo Manzano, the Mexican-born silver medallist in the 1500 metres, who competed for the US but displayed both the Mexican and American flags during his post-race lap. The Nation's post was based on a disapproving commentary by Ruben Navarette on cnn.com. “Sooner or later,” Navarette lectured Manzano, “you have to choose which country you're going to represent. And you did. You made that choice, when you put on the jersey for Team USA. …This country took you in during your hour of need. Now in your moment of glory, which country deserves your respect -- the one that offered nothing to your parents and forced them to leave or the one that took you all in and gave you the opportunity to live out your dreams?”
Some Fox Nation readers went way beyond disapproving – seeing Manzano's apparent slight to the US as a chance to bash Mexicans, they took full advantage of it. Like this:
And you know what’s particularly ironic, gentle reader? Over on Fox News Latino, Maria Burns Ortiz is praising Manzano for his two-flags gesture, which she sees as a moving tribute to his roots. “It is possible to love more than one country. It is possible to represent more than one people. The United States is built upon a nation of immigrants, and continues to evolve as a nation of immigrants. Leo Manzano understands this concept. Hopefully, someday soon, more people will understand it as well." It'll be a long time before Fox Nation readers understand that.
Oh, and by the way - the Nation doesn't even seem happy that the US topped the Olympic medal standings – 104 to China’s 87. If China had won the medals race, then the Nation could have had yet another something to blame Obama for, and then they would have been happy. Not to be cheated of the opportunity, they went ahead and slammed Obama anyway.
Sigh. The Olympics are over. Time for the dirtiest and most brutal of blood sports - election campaigning.
Ruthless Rupy will hear from this group.
Yes YOU do Josh, yes you do …
Wha? I feel bad for people who live in other countries then. While what he wrote might be disagreeable, I do not think it is “hate speech”. If you would get arrested for that anywhere is a thought that frightens me. I hope you never have a position of power if you feel this guy should be arrested.
Come on. You live for it. And love it.
Sigh……..I suppose they’re more forgiving of all those white, East Europeans with the funny (vowel-deficient) names than they are of the guys with “darker” skin tones and all the “wetback” names.