Perspectives on Race

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American Enough?

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“As soon as Mebrahtom Keflezighi , better known as Meb, won the New York City Marathon on Sunday, an uncommon sports dispute erupted online, fraught with racial and nationalistic components: Should Keflezighi’s triumph count as an American victory?”

I feel that no matter what country he is originally from, if he considers himself American we should too. He has been living in America since age 12 and has been trained here.He is an amazing athlete to even complete the marathon, much less win it. The fact that there is even a debate over what country gets the win is amazing.


Written by samhag

November 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm

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  1. This reminds of a funny quote in inglorious bastards- the nazis were saying that American Olympic Medals were all based off of the weight of “negro sweat.”

    When Americans accomplish something difficult, other Americans should be proud, not derogatory and trying to find differences to criticize people for. I also believe that the 98% of the population that could not come anywhere near this man’s feat should show more respect!


    November 4, 2009 at 5:59 pm

  2. It makes no sense that this guy is getting such negative attention. We have plenty of athletes representing our nation who weren’t born here. Being born in a certain country doesn’t make you that nationality irrevocably. This runner is American, and people just have to deal with that.


    November 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm

  3. I have to agree with the previous comments. I feel that if a person decides to represent themselves for a country in which they are proud to represent and truly feel is home to them, then more power to them. I bet if he came in second or third place, no one would have even thought twice about whether he was born in America or not. If Keflegzighi wants to represent the United States, then that is his own personal choice. I feel the Native Americans are the only true Americans that can argue against this case. We are all from different areas of the world, its just a fact that people aren’t willing to accept


    November 5, 2009 at 2:48 am

  4. this is a bad thing for this guy to get so much bad attention like this. America should be happy because this is the first time America won in a long time, and the guy before that won it was Hispanic. Hus because he doesn’t seem white enough to the public doesn’t give a reason for this guy to be treated like this.


    November 6, 2009 at 5:59 pm

  5. This is truly a case of a story getting way too much attention for the wrong reasons. This man should be praised for his achievements, not criticized because of his race. The reaction to his winning is completely unwarranted and wrong.


    November 9, 2009 at 1:38 am

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