Chelsea Mitchell was a high school track athlete in Connecticut. Her scholastic track career was cut short when two biological males who identify as transgender joined women’s high school athletic competitions and literally ran away with all the top medals and accolades.
Mitchell wrote about her experience for USA Today in an opinion column, using the language that best described that experience, and using the word “male” to describe the biologically male athletes who identify as transgender. After the article was published, USA Today scrubbed Mitchell’s words, replacing the word “male” with “transgender.”
This completely belied Mitchell’s intention. Mitchell wrote about being crouched and ready to race on the starting line, “ranked fasted high school female in the 55-meter dash in the state,” and knowing she should feel confident.
“Instead,” she wrote, “all I can think about is how all my training, everything I’ve done to maximize my performance, might not be enough, simply because there’s a runner on the line with an enormous advantage: a male body.”
USA Today updated that to read “transgender runner,” citing as they did so that “This column has been updated to reflect USA TODAY’s standards and style guidelines.” They add further insult to Mitchell and her testimony by saying “We regret that hurtful language was used.”
They made these changes throughout Mitchell’s column. Mitchell knew that she was running against an athlete with a male body and all the advantages that this person’s male body brought with it in terms of raw strength, muscle mass, and bone density.
Former NFL players who suffer from dementia or other brain injuries may be entitled to payouts under the NFL’s $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims but the league uses a scoring algorithm that requires former Black players to score lower for cognitive skills than their white counterparts to receive an award which has been called “race-norming.”
The settlement is overseen by senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody, who was handed 50,000 petitions on Friday by former Washington running back Ken Jenkins, 61, and his wife Amy Lewis. The petitions call for equality in how former Black football players’ cognitive skills are evaluated in order to get a portion of the settlement.
“Norming by race is not the stance that the NFL ought to take. It continues to look as if it’s trying to exclude people rather than trying to do what’s right, which is to help people that, clinically, have obvious and severe disability,” New York University medical ethicist Dr. Art Caplan told the Associated Press.
The NFL’s scoring algorithm asserts that Black men have lower cognitive skills to begin with and has impeded the ability for former Black players to attain awards from the league’s settlement as they are required to score significantly lower than their white counterparts.
Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs said female athletes are being told to silence complaints about transgender New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard competing in women’s weightlifting competitions.
Lambrechs blasted allowing biological men to compete against women in sports during an interview with Television New Zealand (TVNZ) last week, according to Reuters. Lambrechs comments come as the 43-year-old Hubbard is poised to become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics, assuming they can qualify under the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) regulations for fitness and performance.
“I’m quite disappointed, quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot,” Lambrechs said. “We’re all about equality for women in sport but right now that equality is being taken away from us.”
“I’ve had female weightlifters come up to me and say, ‘What do we do? This isn’t fair, what do we do?’ Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do because every time we voice it we get told to be quiet,” she continued.
The Seattle Mariners announced Friday fully vaccinated fans will be able to purchase tickets to vaccine-only sections and receive special rewards to fans that show proof of full vaccination.
Tickets start at $10 and go on sale Friday for games May 13 through May 19.
Along with becoming the first major league ballpark to offer vaccinations to fans, Mariners chairman John Stanton said, “Getting vaccinated is the single most important thing we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and our community. Encouraging vaccinations and helping make them accessible to everyone will save lives.”
Fans that show proof of full vaccination will have access to special entrances at the park, 20% off food and drinks and exclusive access to the Trident Deck on the View Level.
In addition, the T-Mobile ‘Pen has been closed due to social distancing requirements; however, fully vaccinated fans will have access to the ‘Pen for the first time this season.
Major League Baseball (MLB) announced on Friday that it would be relocating its 2021 Draft and Midsummer Classic from “diverse” Atlanta, Georgia, to overwhelmingly-white Denver, Colorado in response to Georgia’s legislature recently passing some voting reform laws.
The voting reform legislation is being compared by leftists to “Jim Crow” laws and the MLB responded to pressure to relocate its draft pick and all-star game from Georgia. The 2021 Draft and Midsummer Classic will now be held at Coors Field in Denver, home of the Colorado Rockies.This move is ironic, considering MLB relocated supposedly to show support for black Americans.
According to the US Census Bureau, Atlanta, Georgia, has a population that is 51.0 percent black. According to the same source, Denver, Colorado has a population that is only 9.8 percent black. These facts seem to indicate that, as usual, leftists activists and organizations such as MLB are only virtue-signaling rather than really trying to show constructive support for black Americans.
Furthermore, as the Daily Caller noted on Monday, Colorado law states that “campaign workers are allowed outside of polling places to offer water, snacks, and other items to voters who are waiting to vote,” but are not allowed to do so if they wear political branding.
Colorado also requires voter ID for in-person and absentee voting.
“All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification,” Colorado’s law states. “If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.”